By Said Amir Arjomand
The Iranian revolution nonetheless baffles so much Western observers. Few thought of the increase of theocracy in a modernized kingdom attainable, and less concept it can end result from a favored revolution. acknowledged Amir Arjomand's The Turban for the Crown offers a considerate, painstakingly researched, and intelligible account of the turmoil in Iran which finds the significance of this singular occasion for our figuring out of revolutions.
supplying an important historic history, Arjomand examines either the constitution of authority in Shi'ism (one of the 2 major branches of Islam) and the impression of the fashionable kingdom on Iranian society, components necessary to the comprehension of the revolution of 1979. He then describes the emergence of Khomeini; the infusion of petrodollars into the financial system; the blatant political corruption; and Khomeini's disposal of Bakhtiar, Bani-Sadr, and Bazargan, consolidation of non secular rule, and institution of a structure in response to a brand new interpretation of Islamic principles.
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