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viii, 301 pages ; 23 cm
Despite the relative calm apparent in Iran today, there is unmistakable evidence of political, social, and cultural ferment stirring beneath the surface. The authors of Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran ua unique group of scholars, activists, and artistsuexplore that unrest and its challenge to the legitimacy and stability of the present authoritarian regime. Ranging from political theory to music, from human rights law to social media, their contributions reveal the tenacious and continually evolving forces that are at work resisting the status quo.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781626371477 20160618
Green Library

2. The Shah [2011]

viii, 488 p. ; 25 cm.
  • The flying Dutchman
  • A compromised constitution
  • The peacock throne
  • Jocund juvenilia
  • Happy homecoming
  • Crown of thorns
  • Hurley's dreams
  • Dawn of the Cold War
  • Palace of solitude
  • Ajax or boot
  • Cat on a hot tin roof
  • Russian house
  • The dark side of Camelot
  • Garrulous premier
  • The bright side of Camelot
  • The desert bash
  • Architecture and power
  • The perfect spy
  • The perfect storm
  • The Shah's last ride.
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xii, 320 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction-- Part I. Politicizing Occult Islam: 1. Ahmadinejad: a touch of light-- 2. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's supernatural Shi'ism-- 3. Shah Esma'il Safavi: the quintessentially occult Shi'i king-- Part II. Popular Shi'ism: Majlesism: 4. Milieu, childhood, sanctity and fame-- 5. From conceptualization to officialization of a religio-political ideology-- 6. Deficiency and defectiveness of the human mind-- 7. Society needs the leadership of jurists and/or kings-- 8. Superstitious education: fogging minds, fostering resignation-- 9. Reconfigurating the necessities of belief: articulating a state religion-- 10. Majlesism as an ideology-- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107005181 20160605
A superstitious reading of the world based on religion may be harmless at a private level, yet employed as a political tool it can have more sinister implications. As this fascinating book by Ali Rahnema, a distinguished Iranian intellectual, relates, superstition and mystical beliefs have endured and influenced ideology and political strategy in Iran from the founding of the Safavid dynasty in the sixteenth century to the present day. As Rahnema demonstrates through a close reading of the Persian sources and with examples from contemporary Iranian politics, it is this supposed connectedness to the hidden world that has allowed leaders such as Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and Mahmud Ahmadinejad to present themselves and their entourage as representatives of the divine, and their rivals as the embodiment of evil.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107005181 20160605
Green Library
xiv, 279 ; 24 cm.
The first comprehensive anthology of texts to do justice to modern Iranian political thought containing many crucially important texts appear here for the first time in English. This work is unique in its emphases on questions of gender and Sufism in Iran. Covering the last hundred years of Iranian history, "Religion and Politics in Modern Iran" introduces students to some of the most crucial political and religious texts of the period. Writers represented here include Seyyid Jamal al-Afghani, Shaykh Fazlallah Nuri, Ahmad Kasravi, Ali Shari'ati, Ayatollah Khomeini and Mehrangiz Kar. Many of these writings have become core texts for students of Middle East studies, religious studies and Islamic studies, while others - while just as important - are difficult to find or have never appeared before in English. It is noteworthy in that it offers fifteen chapters of substantial length, each of which is preceded by an introduction discussing the significance of the piece and placing each writer in their historical context. "Religion and Politics in Modern Iran" is an immensely timely publication for students who wish to know not only about the past hundred years in Iran but also about the continuing trends in the country that move far beyond simplistic ideas about Iran's role in an 'axis of evil'.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781845110727 20160528
Green Library