Khomeini: Life of the Ayatollah

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I.B.Tauris, 1999 - Heads of state - 352 pages
This biography examines the process which saw an old Muslim theologian overthrow the Shah of Iran and become the leader of a militant Islamic regime. It examines the background and early life of the Ayatollah and the ideas and beliefs that lay behind his opposition to the Shah and formed the foundation of the new Islamic state.
 

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This is a wonderful book, informative and exciting. I recently did an in depth study of the Iranian uprising of 1963 and found this book to be most helpful. The chapters are broken down in a way that lends themselves to being remembered, and the writing style is both academic but also fun to read.  

Contents

Childhood in Khomein
1
Student Years in Qpm
21
Taking Refuge in Mysticism
39
Reza Shah and After
53
Khomeini and the Shah in Conflict
74
Khomeini and the 1963 Uprising
92
The Emergence of a Political Ayatollah
107
Exile in Turkey and Iraq
129
The Return of the Imam
199
Creating an Islamic Republic
223
Khomeini Defies the World
245
Khomeinis Last Months
270
Death of a Patriarch
299
Notes
314
Select Bibliography
333
Index
338

Iran Prepares for Revolution
160
The End of an Empire
182

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