IRAN-Shi'ism: The Democratisation Process in Iran with a Focus on Wilayat Al-Faqih
Mavani, Hamid, The Middle East Journal
IRAN Shi'ism: The Democratisation Process in Iran with a Focus on Wilayat al-Faqih, by Ibrahim Moussawi. London, UK: Saqi Books, 2011. 215 pages. $60.
Reviewed by Hamid Mavani
Ibrahim Moussawi's study of the compatibility between Khomeini's version of wilayat al-faqih (governance of the jurist) and democracy, with Iran as his case study, does provide some sporadic fresh insights. But by and large, it is deeply anchored in apologetics and agenda-driven scholarship that makes only limited use of the extensive relevant Western scholarship. From the beginning, the author sets out to prove something that is inherently impossible, namely, that the wilayat al-faqih model is …
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Publication information: Article title: IRAN-Shi'ism: The Democratisation Process in Iran with a Focus on Wilayat Al-Faqih. Contributors: Mavani, Hamid - Author. Journal title: The Middle East Journal. Volume: 66. Issue: 4 Publication date: Autumn 2012. Page number: 736+. © Middle East Institute Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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