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The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 launched Iran as a pioneer in a broad-based movement to establish democratic rule in the non-Western world. In a book that provides essential context for understanding modern Iran, Fakhreddin Azimi traces a century of struggle for the establishment of representative government.

The promise of constitutional rule was cut short in the 1920s with the rise of the Pahlavi dynasty. Reza Shah, whose despotic rule Azimi deftly captures, maintained the façade of a constitutional monarch but greeted any challenge with an iron fist: “I will eliminate you,” he routinely barked at his officials. In 1941, fearful of losing control of the oil-rich region, the Allies forced Reza Shah to abdicate but allowed Mohammad Reza to succeed his father. Though promising to abide by the constitution, the new Shah missed no opportunity to undermine it.

The Anglo-American–backed coup of 1953, which ousted reformist premier Mohammed Mosaddeq, dealt a blow to the constitutionalists. The Shah’s repressive policies and subservience to the United States radicalized both secular and religious opponents, leading to the revolution of 1979. Azimi argues that we have fundamentally misunderstood this event by characterizing it as an “Islamic” revolution when it was in reality the expression of a long-repressed desire for popular sovereignty. This explains why the clerical rulers have failed to counter the growing public conviction that the Islamic Republic, too, is impervious to political reform—and why the democratic impulse that began with the Constitutional Revolution continues to be a potent and resilient force.

About the Author

Fakhreddin Azimi is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Note on Transliteration

Prologue: In Search of a National Covenant

Part I. Constituting a National Community (1906-1953)

1. Constitutional Trial and Error

2. Pahlavist Absolutism

3. Restoration of Parliamentary Politics

Part II. Authoritarian Supremacy: Consolidation and Collapse (1953-1979)

4. The Trajectories of Monarchism

5. Revolution: Chronicle of an Implosion

6. The Edifice and Emplacements of Royal Rule

7. Elective Affinities: Western Imperial Interests and Authoritarian Monarchy

8. The Architecture of Royalist Hegemony

9. A Culture of Confrontation

Part III. The Eclipse of Popular Sovereignty: Iran since 1979

10. The Unfolding of Clerical Rule: Oligarchy by Divine Right?

11. The Culture of Politics: The Presence and Absence of the Past

12. Predicaments and Prospects

Epilogue: The Resilience of Modernity

Abbreviations

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674027787
Author:
Azimi, Fakhreddin
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Iran Politics and government 20th century.
Subject:
Democracy -- Iran.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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