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IRAN DIVIDED: THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF IRANIAN DEBATES ON IDENTITY, CULTURE The Historical Roots of Iranian Debates on Identity, Culture, and Governance in the Twenty-First Century

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 09/2014


Iranian politics after the revolution have been marked by sharp ideological divisions within the Islamic ranks. This infighting which was kept largely out of public view until the 1990s, came to greater light with the contested 2009 presidential elections. To explain the diverse and complex forces that led to this event and that animate Iran's current fractured society and polity, we must look beyond the battle between the forces of reform and reaction, democracy and dictatorship, and consider the historic forces that created the conditions faced by Iran since the revolution. To understand current differences within Iran's political elites, one needs to examine their roots in the pre-revolutionary era, in particular Iran's frequent submission to foreign conquest, most notably by Arabs and Turks, plus the effects of its encounter with the West and modernity. Further, many of the divisions and power struggles within the political elites date back to the Shah's era and the ideologically-diverse coalition formed against the Pahlavi system.
In fact, two opposed visions of an Islamic society and polity, roughly representing the left-right split within the anti-Shah coalition, have existed from the very beginning of the Islamic Republic. Both visions have been competing to determine the character and direction of the Republic. This text explains all such factors and their relevance to Iran today, shedding light on the forces behind Iranian politics and society. The first section discusses the historical roots of Iran's current divisions and debates. It identifies major issues on which Iranian society and polity are divided, notably questions related to Iran versus Islam, secularism versus religion, constitutionalism versus Islamic government, and the process that led to these divides. The second section deals with the unfolding of politics and discourses in the Islamic republic regarding the fundamental issues of identity, culture, and governance.
It explores the question of whether the aging of the revolutionary coalition, the development of new elites, experiences of the Islamic republic, and new international conditions are moving the country beyond old divides and ideological cleavages towards a new national consensus. A comprehensive survey, the book will be an indispensable tool to any student seeking to understand the Islamic Republic of Iran and its standing in the world today.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 8.75 x 5.75 x 0.75 inch.
Formato: Paperback
Pagine Arabe: 296

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