Contemporary Iran

Contemporary Iran : Economy, Society, Politics

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Iran's geographical location, its oil, its nuclear program, its volatile political landscape, its espousal of militant Islam, all combine to make it a key player in some of the most crucial issues of our time. But because of its relative isolation, there is a shortage of hard information about today's Iran. In this volume, an imposing roster of both internationally renowned Iranian scholars and rising young Iranian academics offer essays - 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 Muslims world, and Middle Eastern studies.show more

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  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 162 x 236 x 28mm | 698.53g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 21 halftones, 4 maps, 27 tables
  • 0195378482
  • 9780195378481

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A critical book for engaging Iran in the post-Bush era. It reveals Iran's complex society as it deals with the crises all societies must now deal with: from crises in energy, economics, law, scientific research and foreign policy to drugs, sex, housing, health care, population growth and crime to local and ethnic tensions, war and violence and their terrible after effects. A serious work of scholarship by European and North American writers, rising stars and longtime Iran watchers. * Darius Rejali, Professor of Political Science, Reed College * A skillful collection of work...an excellent, thought-provoking set of papers about the challenges, perils and promises of a country undergoing dramatic changes under theocratic rule. Its engaging and erudite chapters introduce the reader to different cultural, economic, religious, and political spheres of interaction, and offer valuable lessons about the dynamics of a changing society...This stimulating work will be welcomed by historians and social theorists and by anyone interested in the contemporary history and political dynamics of Iranian society. * Iranian Studies *show more

About Ali Gheissari

Ali Gheissari is Professor of History at the University of San Diego and a Visiting Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford.show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION - ALI GHEISSARI; PART ONE: ECONOMY; PART TWO: SOCIETY; PART THREE: POLITICS; INDEXshow more

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A skillful collection of work...an excellent, thought-provoking set of papers about the challenges, perils and promises of a country undergoing dramatic changes under theocratic rule. Its engaging and erudite chapters introduce the reader to different cultural, economic, religious, and political spheres of interaction, and offer valuable lessons about the dynamics of a changing society...This stimulating work will be welcomed by historians and social theorists and by anyone interested in the contemporary history and political dynamics of Iranian society. Iranian Studiesshow more

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