Civil Society and Democracy in Iran

Civil Society and Democracy in Iran

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The book is focused on the work of Iranian civil society and the process of democratization in Iran. All contributors in this volume develop and discuss these issues with an eye on the political evolution of today's ran. The book will of a great interest to students, specialists and researchers in different fields such as comparative politics, international affairs, Iranian studies and Middle Eastern more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739165453
  • 9780739165454

About Ramin Jahanbegloo

Ramin Jahanbegloo is professor of political science at the University of more

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Ramin Jahanbegloo has collected an outstanding group of specialists to produce Democracy and Civil Society in Iran. This work will be of greatest interest not only to those concerned with the current state of the civil society problem internationally, but to all who have been watching the Iranian crisis and the Green movement. The analyses offered here have a better chance of helping to comprehend where Iranian politics may be headed than any other available study. A remarkable piece of collective work. -- Andrew Arato, The New School for Social Research This is a timely collection of essays that look beyond recent events to engage with the perennial problems of Iranians' quest for constitutional governance and a more humane society. -- Houchang Chehabi, Boston University Inspiring. By bringing out the richness of Iranian civil society traditions, Jahanbegloo's volume sustains the hope that a tolerant, pluralistic and liberal society may yet eventually emerge out of the current repressive situation in the country. -- Shlomo Avineri, Hebrew University of Jerusalemshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: Theorizing Civil Society in Iran Chapter 1: Civil Society in Iran: The Story of a Century-Long Struggle Chapter 2: Theorizing Civil Society in Contemporary Iran Chapter 3: The Green Movement in Iran: Democratization and Secularization from Below Chapter 4: The Civil Society Approach to Democratization in Iran: The Case for Bringing it Back in, Carefully Part II: Islam, Secularism, and Efforts for Democratization Chapter 5: Religious Disputation and Democratic Constitutionalism: The Enduring Legacy of the Constitutional Revolution on the Struggle for Democracy in Iran Chapter 6: Religious Life in a Secular State Chapter 7: Humble Secularism Chapter 8: What is our Problem? Part III: Gender and Politics Chapter 9: Green Women of Iran Chapter 10: A Feminist Agenda for the Iranian Constitution: Gender at the Intersection of Disputed Identities Chapter 11: The Other Side of the Quest for Democracy in Iran Chapter 12: Women and the Women's Movement in Post-elections: Double Females? Part IV: Identity and Group Rights Chapter 13: The Baha'i Community, Human Rights, and the Construction of a New Iranian Identity Chapter 14: Democracy, Civil Society, and the Iranian Working Class: The Struggle for Independent Labor Organizations Chapter 15: Labour Organizing in Iran: Lessons of the 1979 Revolution Chapter 16: A Confident Generation Index About the Editor and Contributorsshow more