Iran : Political Culture in the Islamic Republic

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Since the Islamic revolutionary movement overthrew the "Peacock Throne" (the Shah) in 1979 the Islamic Republic has maintained its credibility and the loyalty of the people of Iran. It has survived an extremely destructive war with Iraq, isolation from the West and the rest of the Middle East except Syria, and the death of the Ayaltollah Khomeini. This book explores the social transformation of Iran in this period stressing the importance of political culture and ideology. It argues that the systematic building of a legitimate Islamic political culture is the key to the success of the regime. The authors of the book address specific aspects of Iran's political culture within a general theoretical framework laid out in the introduction. There is discussion of a wide range of topics ranging from the relationship of the individual to society to "Westoxication", from Shi'ism to the Islamisation of film culture.
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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 138 x 216mm | 530g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138992666
  • 9781138992665

Table of contents

Foreword Mansour Farsang 1. Introduction: Iran's political culture Samih K. Farsoun and Mehrdad Mashayeki 2. Gharbzadegi: the dominant intellectual discourse of pre- and post-revolutionary Iran Mehrzad Boroujerdi 3. Iran's Religious Establishment: the dialectics of politicization Mohammad Borghei 4. The Politics of Nationalism and Political Culture Mehrdad Mashayekhi 5. Islamic Man and Society in the Islamic Republic of Iran Manoucher Parvin and Mostafa Vaziri 6. Shi'ism and the State in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mohsen Milani 7. Education and the Culture of Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran Rasool Nafisi 8. Islamizing Film Culture in Iran Hamid Nafici 9. Populism and Corporatism in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Political Culture Manosher Dorraj 10. Power Politics and Political Culture: US-Iran relations Thomas Ricks
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