Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran
Indispensable for understanding the recent conflicts in Iran, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran provides a political history of the fluctuating relationships between the Islamic clergy and Iranian government since 1925. How different factions of the clergy, or ulama first lost and then regained a powerful position in Iran is the subject of this book.
Akhavi analyzes how various factions within the clergy have responded to the government's efforts to encourage modernization and secularization, giving particular attention to the changes in the madrasahs, or theological colleges. He examines the main themes of the AyatullaH Khymayni's book, Islamic Government, and concludes by examining the alignments among the clergy in the past that indicate how they may develop in the future.
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A most authentic work to understand contemporary Iran of pre revolutionary period. A very original work of Prof Akhavi which cannot be substituted by any research work on Iranian studies. Shah rough's understanding about political social and religious Iran is exceptional. This book has endless life and will always be treated as the most authenthentic research on the basic root causes of Islamic revolution of Iran in 1979. Shah Rough should write the second phase of this book now by adding a chapter "Shiite governance of state of post revolutionary Iran" .
Syed Abutalib Zaidi