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Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards

Author: Afshon Ostovar
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Iran's Revolutionary Guards are one of the most important forces in the Middle East today. As the appointed defender of Iran's revolution, the Guards have evolved into a pillar of the Islamic Republic and the spearhead of its influence. Their sway has spread across the Middle East, where the Guards have overseen loyalist support to Bashar al-Assad in Syria and been a staunch backer in Iraq's war against
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Ostovar, Afshon.
Vanguard of the Imam.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015049055
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Afshon Ostovar
ISBN: 9780190491703 0190491701 9780190491710 019049171X 9780190491727 0190491728
OCLC Number: 935495314
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 306 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction --
Brief Overview of the IRGC --
Conceptualizing the IRGC --
Pro-clerical Activism --
Primacy of the Leader --
Conflict and state formation --
Chapters and Questions --
2. From Ali to Khomeini --
The Formation of Shiite Islam --
Rise of the Clergy --
The Islamic Movement --
Revolutionary Ideology --
3. Vanguard of the Imam --
Enter the Vanguard --
Roots and Radicals --
Khomeini Über Alles --
One System to Rule Them All --
4. The Imposed War --
Invasion --
A Stymied War Effort --
Death of the opposition --
The Islamic Republic Strikes Back --
5. The Long War --
The International Dimension --
Running into Walls --
In the Path of the Divine --
A Fleeting Taste of Victory --
The Bitter End --
6. Exporting the Revolution --
Revolutionary Internationalism --
A Conservative Turn --
Onward to Jerusalem --
The Revolution Comes to Lebanon --
Fall of the Radicals --
7. Warriors of Karbala --
The Islamic Model Army --
Power of the Pen --
Wartime Cultural Activism --
Visual Identity --
Iconology of the Self --
Warriors of Karbala --
8. When Johnny Comes Marching Home --
Postwar Reconstruction under Rafsanjani --
Propagating Virtue, Prohibiting Vice --
Taking Back the Revolution --
9. The War on Terror --
Axis of Evil --
Electing Ahmadinejad --
An Iran Ascendant --
The Specter of War --
10. Big Bang, Big Crunch --
"Death to the Dictator!" --
The Soft War --
Springtime --
The Instruments of Coercion --
Knives Out --
11. In Defense of the Family of the Prophet --
In Defense of Sayyida Zaynab --
A Return to Karbala --
12. Epilogue --
13. Conclusion.
Responsibility: Afshon Ostovar.

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