Taba is the Arabic root for “to repent.” Tavvab, in the Persian pronunciation, is “the repentant one.” In the vocabulary of the prisons of the Islamic Republic, tavvabs are those prisoners who repent their “counter-revolutionary” and “divisionist” pasts and see the light of God on pain of death.
“Now that I burn in the fire that I myself have set,
I speak of my sleep and awakening…
From the extremes of humiliation
I speak of eternal shame,
Of a strange but newly familiar sorrow.”
“Confess yourself to heaven: Repent what’s past; avoid what is to come” ~ William Shakespeare