After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors

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After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors
Saïd Amir Arjomand
Type: eBook
Released: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Page Count: 281
Format: pdf
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0195391799
ISBN-13: 9780195391794
From Publishers Weekly Much of the Western world responded to Iran's recent postelection upheaval with surprise; the demands of protesters left many pundits scrambling to explain what they perceived as unprecedented politicization of the citizenry.After Khomeini: Iran Under ... Textbook However, as Arjomand (The Turban for the Crown) demonstrates, the West's tendency to see Iran as a political monolith has always been profoundly ahistorical. Efforts to control domestic tensions played an important role even in the decisions of the revolution's father, Ayatollah Khomeini. Arjomand presents a variety of factors that shape today's Iran. He demonstrates, for instance, the extent to which the state religion practiced by Khomeini and his successors amounts to a “theocratic redefinition of Shi'ism,” and that while this has led to the disaffection of some of the original revolutionary vanguard (such as former president Mohammad Khatami), potential reformists remain “trapped as insiders in their revolutionary discourse,” their timidity in challenging the system leading to greater power concentrated in fewer hands and the development of a “clerical monarchy.” Arjomand's presentation and analysis are fascinating, but might prove dense and intimidating for the neophyte. (Dec.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review "A clear analysis of Iran's political and ideological transformation in the post-Khomeini period. Dealing with a broad range of issues from political development and constitutional politics to Islamic reformism and the rise of new conservatives, this book is a valuable addition to Iranian studies and current debates in the sociology of revolution."--Ali Gheissari, University of San Diego "Said Arjomand illuminates post-revolutionary Iran by placing it in its broad historical and sociological setting. His familiarity with Islamic texts, together with his careful reading of modern revolutions, makes him exceptionally well qualified to understand and communicate what religion in this case has done to revolution and, perhaps even more importantly, what revolution has done to Shi'ite Islam in Iran. Coming twenty years after his masterful analysis of the Iranian revolution in The Turban for the Crown, this treatment of the revolution After Khomeini removes some of the mystery from one of the most consequential events of our times."--Gary Sick, Columbia University "With an unsurpassed command over the material and events and a comparativist perspective, Said Amir Arjomand rescues our entrapped understanding of Iran and sets a superior standard for a new generation of scholarship. It is impossible to understand what has happened in Iran of the last three decades without a careful reading of this uncommonly perceptive and extraordinary book."--Hamid Dabashi, author of Iran: A People Interrupted "After Khomeini may indeed prove to be a conceptually ground-breaking work of great interest to both lay people and specialists in Iranian, Middle Eastern, Islamic studies, and the sociology of revolution....The work constitutes an invaluable contribution to a genuine theoretical understanding of post-revolutionary and post-reformist Iran, insofar as it seeks to uncover the complex interplay of the intended as well as of the unintended consequences of the 1979 revolution."--American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

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