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 notion it may well end result from a favored revolution. stated Amir Arjomand's The Turban for the Crown presents 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.
delivering the most important ancient history, Arjomand examines either the constitution of authority in Shi'ism (one of the 2 major branches of Islam) and the impression of the trendy country 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 spiritual rule, and institution of a structure according to a brand new interpretation of Islamic principles.
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