Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Khomeini's Warriors: Foundation of Iran's Regime, Its Guardians, Allies around the World, War Analysis, and Strategies

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Khomeini's Warriors: Foundation of Iran's Regime, Its Guardians, Allies around the World, War Analysis, and Strategies

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Khomeini's Warriors: Foundation of Iran's Regime, Its Guardians, Allies around the World, War Analysis, and Strategies. By Mehran Riazaty. Bloomington, Ind.: XLibris, 2016. 576 pp. $10.

Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has been the leading state-sponsor of terrorism for decades, the literature devoted to the country tends to downplay torture, terrorism, or even geo-political strategy in favor of a focus on internal politics or gender and society studies. It is a hole that Riazaty, a political scientist and Iran analyst who worked for the U.S. military in Iraq, seeks to rectify. The result is an authoritative handbook-if not encyclopedia-of the Islamic Republic's leadership, security services, and ideology, all meticulously documented from Persian-language sources.

The author addresses issues concerning what Iranians say in Persian, subjects too often swept under the rug by those who find the reality inconvenient to their worldview. For example, Riazaty discusses a 2005 article by Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister and current advisor to Iran's supreme leader, urging the reconstitution of a Shiite empire across the Middle East. …

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