Guitarist playing focuses the mindMusic therapy, a common practice in large parts of the world, is extremely rare in Iran, where conservative clerics outlawed pop music after the country’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Sadeq Jafari, 33, is one of a handful of therapists in the Islamic state who use music to help severely disabled people find their voices, risking the ire of his conservative family and censure from religious authorities.

“Music shortens the recovery period since it has a calming effect … It gives them energy and even alleviates the physical pain.”

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