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Today Iran is once again in the headlines. Reputed to be developing nuclear weapons, the future of Iraq's next-door neighbor is a matter of grave concern both for the stability of the region and for the safety of the global community. President George W. Bush labeled it part of the "Axis of Evil," and rails against the country's authoritarian leadership. Yet as Bush trumpets the spread of democracy throughout the Middle East, few note that Iran has one of the longest-running experiences with democracy in the region.

In this book, Ali Gheissari and Vali Nasr look at the political history of Iran in the modern era, and offer an in-depth analysis of the prospects for democracy to flourish there. After having produced the only successful Islamist challenge to the state, a revolution, and an Islamic Republic, Iran is now poised to produce a genuine and indigenous democratic movement in the Muslim world. Democracy in Iran is neither a sudden development nor a western import, Gheissari and Nasr argue. The concept of democracy in Iran today may appear to be a reaction to authoritarianism, but it is an old idea with a complex history, one that is tightly interwoven with the main forces that have shaped Iranian society and politics, institutions, identities, and interests. Indeed, the demand for democracy first surfaced in Iran a century ago at the end of the Qajar period, and helped produce Iran's surprisingly liberal first constitution in 1906. Gheissari and Nasr seek to understand why democracy failed to grow roots and lost ground to an autocratic Iranian state. Why was democracy absent from the ideological debates of the 1960s and 1970s? Most important, why has it now become a powerful social, political, and intellectual force? How have modernization, social change, economic growth, and the experience of the revolution converged to make this possible?

Synopsis:

First published in 1822, The Entail is Galt's most ambitious novel. This book is a horrifying study of obsession in which a Glasgow merchant victimizes his family members one by one. After Galt's death his publishers quietly modified the text. This edition restores the original text of

1822.

About the Author

Ali Gheissari is the author of Iranian Intellectuals in the Twentieth Century (1998). He studied at Tehran University and Oxford, and is currently Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at the University of San Diego and Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. He has published broadly on the intellectual and political history of modern Iran. Vali Nasris Professor of Middle East Politics and Associate Chair of Research at the Naval Postgraduate School, as well as Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of several books, including Islamic Leviathan: Islam and the Making of State Power (OUP 2001). He has written extensively on Iran, the Middle East, political Islam, and state power and democratization.

Table of Contents

Chronology

Introduction

Part I: Rise of the State

1. Democracy or State-Building? 1906-1941

2. The Triumph of the State, 1941-1979

Part II: The Crucible of Revolution

3. Revolution and War Fundamentalism, 1979-1989

4. An Islamic Developmental State? 1989-1997

5. State and Limits to Democracy, 1997-2005

6. Epilogue

Prospects for a Democratic State

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195189674
Author:
Ali Gheissari and Vali Nasr
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Nasr, Vali
Author:
null, Ali
Author:
Gheissari, Ali
Author:
Vali Na
Author:
Nasr, Seyyed Vali Reza
Author:
R. S.
Author:
null, Vali
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Theology | Islam
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Islam
Subject:
Iran Politics and government 20th century.
Subject:
Democracy -- Iran.
Subject:
Politics | Comparative Politics | Middle East
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Publication Date:
20090731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 maps, 8 tables
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.4 x 1 in 1.144 lb

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1822, The Entail is Galt's most ambitious novel. This book is a horrifying study of obsession in which a Glasgow merchant victimizes his family members one by one. After Galt's death his publishers quietly modified the text. This edition restores the original text of

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