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Superstition as Ideology in Iranian Politics : From Majlesi to Ahmadinejad.

Author: Ali Rahnema
Publisher: Leiden : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge Middle East studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the endurance and influence of mystical beliefs on political strategy in Iran from the Safavid dynasty to the present.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
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Rahnema, Ali.
Superstition as Ideology in Iranian Politics : From Majlesi to Ahmadinejad.
Leiden : Cambridge University Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ali Rahnema
ISBN: 9781139083126 1139083120
OCLC Number: 735594257
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction; Political islam; Belief, religion, superstition and political superstition; Legacy or ahistoricism; The limitations of the supernatural political leader; The green movement: transitioning from traditional to modern?; Pitfalls; Part One: Politicizing Occult Islam; 1 Ahmadinejad: A Touch of Light; 2 Mohammad-Reza Shah Pahlavi's Supernatural Shi'ism and Its Political Implications; 3 Shah Esma'il Safavi: The Quintessentially Occult Shi'i King; Part Two: Popular Shi'ism: Majlesism. 4 Milieu, Childhood, Sanctity and Fame5 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; Bibliography; Works in Persian; Works in European Languages; Index.
Series Title: Cambridge Middle East studies.

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Examines the endurance and influence of mystical beliefs on political strategy in Iran from the Safavid dynasty to the present.

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