Contemporary Iran : Economy, Society, Politics: Economy, Society, Politics

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Ali Gheissari Professor of History University of San Diego
Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 5, 2009 - Political Science - 400 pages
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Iran is a key player in some of the most crucial issues of our time. But because of its relative diplomatic isolation and the partisan nature of conflicting accounts voiced by different interest groups both inside and outside the country, there is a shortage of hard information about the scale and depth of social change in today's Iran. In this volume, and imposing roster of both internationally renowned Iranian scholars and rising young Iranian academics offer contributions--many based on recent fieldwork--on the nature and evolution of Iran's economy, significant aspects of Iran's changing society, and the dynamics of its domestic and international politics since the 1979 revolution, focusing particularly on the post-Khomeini period. The book will be of great interest not only to Iran specialists, but also to scholars of comparative politics, democratization, social change, politics in the Muslim world, and Middle Eastern studies.

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Ali Gheissari is the author of Iranian Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (1998). He studied at Tehran University and Oxford, and is currently Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at the University of San Diego and Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Brown
University. He has published broadly on the intellectual and political history of modern Iran. Vali Nasris Professor of Middle East Politics and Associate Chair of Research at the Naval Postgraduate School, as well as Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of
several books, including Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (OUP 2001). He has written extensively on Iran, the Middle East, political Islam, and state power and democratization.

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