By Said Amir Arjomand
The Iranian revolution nonetheless baffles such a lot Western observers. Few thought of the increase of theocracy in a modernized nation attainable, and less notion it may well consequence from a well-liked revolution. stated Amir Arjomand's The Turban for the Crown presents a considerate, painstakingly researched, and intelligible account of the turmoil in Iran which unearths the significance of this singular occasion for our figuring out of revolutions.
offering an important historic history, Arjomand examines either the constitution of authority in Shi'ism (one of the 2 major branches of Islam) and the effect of the fashionable country on Iranian society, elements necessary to the comprehension of the revolution of 1979. He then describes the emergence of Khomeini; the infusion of petrodollars into the economic climate; the blatant political corruption; and Khomeini's disposal of Bakhtiar, Bani-Sadr, and Bazargan, consolidation of spiritual rule, and institution of a structure in line with a brand new interpretation of Islamic principles.
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