The Political History of Modern Iran: From Tribalism to Theocracy

Synopsis

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 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 dominant characteristic of Iran's political culture--from tribalism and religion to the cult of personality and political demagoguery--that have similarly shaped political life in Iran. Such characteristics have acquired added accent under the revolutionary regime of the Islamic Republic, although the revolution's routinization has once again brought about a measure of political normalcy.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1992