The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran

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Oxford University Press, 1988 - Mathematics - 283 pages
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Chronology of Significant Events in Iranian History Since 1500 p. xi
Introduction p. 3
I Rise of the Modern State and the Transformation of Society
1. Religion, Government, and the Social Structure in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries p. 11
Establishment of Religious Uniformity and Consolidation of Shi’ite Clerical Power in Iran p. 11
Collapse of the Safavid State and Tribal Domination of Urban Society in the Eighteenth Century p. 16
The Qajar Government and the Social Structure of Iran in the Nineteenth Century p. 20
Emergence of the Modern Idea of the State and Failure of Centralizing Reforms p. 27
2. The Constitutional Revolution: 1905-1911 p. 34
Revolution and Parliamentary Democracy: April 1905-June 1908 p. 35
Constitutional Reforms of the State: 1907-December 1911 p. 40
Traditionalist Counterrevolution and Tribal Civil War: 1908-March 1912 p. 48
Compromises in the Constitutional Revolution p. 57
3. Formation of the Modern Bureaucratic State in the Twentieth Century p. 59
Modernization of the State Under Reza Shah p. 59
Impact of the State on Iranian Society p. 69
Mohammed Reza Shah’s "White Revolution" and Its Consequences p. 71
4. Shi’ism Versus Statism p. 75
Sources of Conflict Between the State and Hierocracy p. 75
Confrontations with the State During the Constitutional Revolution p. 78
The Era of Pahlavi Modernization p. 80
II From Temporal to Theocratic Absolutism
5. Khomeini and the Islamic Revolutionary Movement p. 91
The Resurgence of Islam p. 91
Revolutionary Politicization of the Islamic Movement p. 94
Charismatic Leadership and Revolutionary Traditionalism p. 100
6. The Revolution of February 1979 p. 103
The Myth of the Islamic Revolution p. 103
The Revolutionary Alignment of Social Classes p. 106
The New Middle Class and the Revolution p. 108
Paralysis and Collapse of the State p. 114
The Armed Forces and the Revolution p. 119
The United States and the Iranian Revolution p. 128
7. Revolutionary Iran: February 1979-December 1982 p. 134
Disintegration of the Pahlavi Regime and Establishment of Dual Power p. 134
The Clerical Coup d’Etat of November 1979 p. 137
Termination of Dual Power and Direct Clerical Takeover of the State p. 141
8. Consolidation of Islamic Theocracy p. 147
Principles of Legitimacy of Theocratic Government and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran p. 147
Elimination of Opposition and Normalization p. 154
Distinctive Institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran p. 163
Continuities Between Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Iran p. 173
III Reflections on the Islamic Revolution
9. The Revolutionary Transformation of Shi’ism p. 177
Transformation of the Shi’ite Theory of Authority p. 177
Transformation of the Shi’ite Law p. 184
10. Significance of the Islamic Revolution: A Comparative Perspective p. 189
Causes and Preconditions of the Islamic Revolution p. 189
Teleology of the Islamic Revolution p. 202
Conclusion p. 210
Appendix p. 211
Notes p. 221
Glossary of Persian and Arabic Terms p. 249
References p. 255
Index p. 267
 

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Interesting, if somewhat academic and dry, look at the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Published in 1988, so don't look for current information about the state of Iran and how it fares since the ... Read full review

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Sociologist Arjomand (SUNY, Stony Brook) explains the social and political eruption in Iran in 1979 and its far-ranging implications. He argues that Iran's tradition is closely tied to Shi'te Islam ... Read full review

Contents

Rise of the Modern State and the Transformation of Society
9
1905191154
34
Formation of the Modern Bureaucratic State in the Twentieth Century
59
Shiism Versus Statism
75
From Temporal to Theocratic Absolutism
89
February 1979December 1982
134
Consolidation of Islamic Theocracy
147
Reflections on the Islamic Revolution
175
A Comparative Perspective
189
Appendix
211
Notes
221
Glossary of Persian and Arabic Terms
249
References
255
Index
267
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Said Amir Arjomand is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam.

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