Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran: Clergy-State Relations in the Pahlavi Period

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran: Clergy-State Relations in the Pahlavi Period

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran: Clergy-State Relations in the Pahlavi Period

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran: Clergy-State Relations in the Pahlavi Period

Synopsis

Indispensable for understanding the recent conflicts in Iran, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran provides a political history of the fluctuating relationships between the Islamic clergy and Iranian government since 1925. How different factions of the clergy, or ulama first lost and then regained a powerful position in Iran is the subject of this book.
Akhavi analyzes how various factions within the clergy have responded to the government s efforts to encourage modernization and secularization, giving particular attention to the changes in the madrasahs, or theological colleges. He examines the main themes of the Ayatullah Khymayni s book, Islamic Government, and concludes by examining the alignments among the clergy in the past that indicate how they may develop in the future."
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