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Iran : Political Culture in the Islamic Republic - Samih K. Farsoun


Political Culture in the Islamic Republic

By: Samih K. Farsoun (Editor), Mehrdad Mashayekhi (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 7th January 1993
ISBN: 9780415031424
Number Of Pages: 284

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Since the Islamic revolutionary movement overthrew the Peacock Throne (the Shah) in 1979 the Islamic Republic has maintained its credibility and the loyalty of the people of Iran. It has survived an extremely destructive war with Iraq, isolation from the West and the rest of the Middle East except Syria, and the death of the Ayaltollah Khomeini.

This book explores the social transformation of Iran in this period stressing the importance of political culture and ideology. It argues that the systematic building of a legitimate Islamic political culture is the key to the success of the regime.

The authors of the book address specific aspects of Iran's political culture within a general theoretical framework laid out in the introduction. There is discussion of a wide range of topics ranging from the relationship of the individual to society to Westoxication, from Shi'ism to the Islamisation of film culture.

List of Tables
Foreword: Iran and the Prism of Political Culture
Introduction: Iran's Political Culturep. 1
Gharbzadegi: The Dominant Intellectual Discourse of Pre- and Post-Revolutionary Iranp. 30
Iran's Religious Establishment: The Dialectics of Politicizationp. 57
The Politics of Nationalism and Political Culturep. 82
Islamic Man and Society in the Islamic Republic of Iranp. 116
Shiism and the State in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iranp. 133
Education and the Culture of Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iranp. 160
Islamizing Film Culture in Iranp. 178
Populism and Corporatism in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Political Culturep. 214
Power Politics and Political Culture: US-Iran Relationsp. 234
Indexp. 262
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ISBN: 9780415031424
ISBN-10: 0415031427
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 7th January 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1