Iran; Political Development in a Changing Society

Iran; Political Development in a Changing Society

Iran; Political Development in a Changing Society

Iran; Political Development in a Changing Society

Excerpt

This book is part of a newer tradition of studies of non-Western political systems. In its general conception and its concern with logical presentation it reflects its intellectual origins and the aspirations of a growing group of political scientists to break away from a fruitless formalism and to reach for that essence which we all know and feel to be the really "political." It is not only the political that is essential to our purpose, however, for this is not a work in philosophy. We are concerned here with the political life of Iran, with distilling that residue which is the true meaning of being an Iranian, guided both by values and by worldly goals. If an understanding of the truly political is a philosophical exercise, grasping the real Iran is an active pursuit compounded of study, experience, and empathy. These are the two elements, strongly stamped with a personal impress, that we have attempted to compound in a communicable conveyance of knowledge.

It is to be hoped that, in escaping from one kind of formalism, we have not fallen into another and emptier one. A theoretical framework is what one can make of it empirically, and naught . . .

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