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Iran rising : the survival and future of the Islamic Republic

Author: Amin Saikal
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersery : Princeton University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country for decades to come. Yet forty years after the 1978-79 revolution, Iran has emerged as a critical player in the Middle East and the wider world, as demonstrated in part by the 2015 international nuclear agreement. In Iran Rising, renowned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Nonfiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
SAIKAL, AMIN.
IRAN RISING.
[Place of publication not identified] : PRINCETON UNIV PRESS, 2019
(OCoLC)1032655215
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amin Saikal
ISBN: 9780691184197 0691184194
OCLC Number: 1066741349
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 326 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Revolution and transition --
Khomeini's theo-political order --
The Islamic order under Khamenei: from Rafsanjani to Rouhani --
Resource capabilities --
Regional relations --
Relations with major Powers --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Amin Saikal.

Abstract:

When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country for decades to come. Yet forty years after the 1978-79 revolution, Iran has emerged as a critical player in the Middle East and the wider world, as demonstrated in part by the 2015 international nuclear agreement. In Iran Rising, renowned Iran specialist Amin Saikal describes how the country has managed to survive despite ongoing domestic struggles, Western sanctions, and countless other serious challenges. Saikal explores Iran's recent history, beginning with the revolution, which set in motion a number of developments, including war with Iraq, precarious relations with Arab neighbors, and hostilities with Israel and the United States. He highlights the regime's agility as it navigated a complex relationship with Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion, survived the Gulf Wars, and handled fallout from the Iraqi and Syrian crises. Such success, Saikal maintains, stems from a distinctive political order, comprising both a supreme Islamic leader and an elected president and national assembly, which can fuse religious and nationalist assertiveness with pragmatic policy actions at home and abroad. But Iran's accomplishments, including its nuclear development and ability to fight ISIS, have cost its people, who are desperately pressuring the ruling clerics for economic and social reforms - changes that might in turn influence the country's foreign policy.

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"One of 20 essential books about the Middle East, compiled by the Middle Eastern Studies community at Anhui University in central China" "[A] lucid exposition of the Islamic Republic's two main Read more...

 
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