Iran Since the Revolution (RLE Iran D)

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 27, 2012 - Social Science - 264 pages
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Since the turn of the century Iran has experienced three major political upheavals in the struggle to democratize her political systems. The last revolution inaugurated an era of unprecedented turmoil and instead of fulfilling its democratic aim, paved the way for an even more despotic theocracy. To put the revolution in a proper perspective, some attempt is made to explain the reasons for Khomeini’s success in acquiring first, the symbolic leadership of the anti-Shah revolution, and then, the monopolistic control of power in Iran. How and why the other claimants to power were shunted aside and later brutally repressed is a further theme for discussion. The domestic and external ramifications of the revolution are examined in detail; in particular the rise of the anti-American feeling which culminated in the hostage crisis. In conclusion, an analysis is offered of the instrumentalities of power available to the Islamic Republic, and several scenarios are explored in which Iran’s competing forces may converge to determine whether this third revolution will finally succeed in subordinating political authority to popular democratic consent.

 

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Contents

1 Why and How Khomeini Succeeded
1
2 The Dynamics of Power
21
3 The Hostage Crisis
42
4 The Presidency and the Majlis
62
5 The Resurgence of Opposition
76
6 The Left and the Islamic Republic
97
7 The Demise of Banisadr
121
8 Armed Struggle Against the Regime
138
9 The Islamic Republic and the World
160
10 Aprognosis
196
Postscript
215
Selected Bibliography
236
Index
242
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