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The political history of modern Iran : from tribalism to theocracy

Author: Mehran Kamrava
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers a concise and comprehensive examination of Iran's political history from the establishment of the Qajar dynasty in 1785 until the present. It focuses on both the historical evolution of Iranian political institutions as well as on the processes and phenomena to which these institutions have been exposed. Since politics do not occur within a culturally vacuous context, attention is also drawn to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Kamrava, Mehran, 1964-
Political history of modern Iran.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1992
(OCoLC)645852690
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mehran Kamrava
ISBN: 027594445X 9780275944452
OCLC Number: 26159075
Description: x, 177 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction ----
2. The Qajar Dynasty. A. Autocracy. Agha Mohammad Khan: The Qajar Era Established ---
Fath Ali Shah: The Dynasty Nationalized ---
Naser al-Din Shah: The Qajars at the Height of Power ---
Muzzafar al-Din Shah: The Beginnings of Revolution ---
Mohammad Ali Shah: Struggles with Majles ---
Factors Inhibiting Political Development Under the Qajars ---
B. Foreign Intervention. Iran as a Superpower Battleground ---
"Partition of Preponderance" and Loans ---
World War I: Outright Occupation ---
C. Revolution. The Timing of the Constitutional Revolution ---
1905: The Involvement of the Ulama ---
The Battle for the Majles ----
3. The Pahlavi Dynasty. A. Autocracy. Reza Khan Takes Power ---
The Shah as Government ---
Economic Modernization to the Forefront ---
Secularization in the Service of the State ---
Reza Shah's Downfall ---
Mohammad Reza Shah's Reign ---
The Shah as Government, Again ---
Land Reform: A Plan Gone Awry ---
B. Foreign Intervention. Foreign Policy Shift ---
Iran's Role in the Cold War ---
C. Revolution. Reza Shah Silences His Opponents ---
Challenge to Mohammad Reza ---
Reforms and the Revolution ---
Collapse of the Dynasty ----
4. The Islamic Republic. A. Autocracy. Friday Prayers and the Ulama ---
The Rise and Fall of the Islamic Republican Party ---
The Majlis Revived ---
The Faqih: Theocracy Personified ---
B. Factionalism. Khomeini and His Divided Followers ---
Motazeri's Political Ascent ---
Conservative Clergy and the Government ---
Rafsenjani: A Political Pragmatist ---
The Factions Under Pressure ---
C. Politics of Patrimonial Populism ----
5. Iranian Political Culture. A. Tribalism. Division Among Tribes ---
The Tribes and the Rest of Iran ---
B. Feudalism. Land Reform and the Decline of Feudalism ---
Landlessness and the Revolution ---
C. Religion. Shiism and Revolution ---
D. Inequality. Persian Cultural Dominance ---
The Modern vs. the Traditional ---
E. Illiteracy. Illiteracy, Ignorance, and Politics ---
F. Personality Cult ----
6. Conclusion. From Dynasty to State to National Self-Examination.
Responsibility: Mehran Kamrava.

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