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The Iranian Revolution Then And Now : Indicators Of Regime Instability - Dariush Zahedi

The Iranian Revolution Then And Now

Indicators Of Regime Instability

Paperback Published: 12th April 2001
ISBN: 9780813338712
Number Of Pages: 231

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In "The Iranian Revolution Then and Now," Dariush Zahedi assesses the Islamic Republic's potential for revolution through an in-depth, theoretically informed, comparative analysis of the present with 1979 pre-Revolutionary Iran. Zahedi discusses how the potential for a revolutionary coup is based on two things: the inherent defects and vulnerabilities in the regime and the coordinated actions of the social groups and individuals opposed to the regime. He also identifies two "ideal-typical" forms of revolutionary change (the regime collapses on its own, or, the regime is overthrown). He concludes that the chances for overthrowing the present regime are moderate.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Disintegration of the Iranian Revolutionp. 3
The Research Question: Is Iran Ripe for Another Revolution?p. 8
Methodology: Juxtaposing and Comparingp. 10
Notesp. 12
The Problem of Revolutionp. 13
What Is Revolution?p. 14
The Variety of Revolutionsp. 17
Variability Among Revolutionsp. 23
The Problem of Revolution Resolved?p. 26
An Alternative Approach to Explicating and Projecting Revolutionsp. 32
Notesp. 38
The Social Underpinnings of Present-Day and Prerevolutionary Regimes: The Intelligentsia, the Clerics, and the Bazaarisp. 40
The Intelligentsiap. 40
The Clericsp. 67
The Bazaarisp. 84
Notesp. 92
The Social Underpinnings of the Monarchy and the Theocracy: The Business Community, the Middle Class, and the Dispossessedp. 93
The Modern Business Communityp. 93
The Modern Middle Classp. 99
The Middle Class and the Islamic Republicp. 103
The Dispossessedp. 110
The Dispossessed Todayp. 115
Notesp. 121
The Oppositional Forces: From Temporary Cohesion to Large-Scale Demoralization and Disorganizationp. 122
The Oppositional Forces in the Pahlavi Erap. 122
The Opposition Todayp. 138
Notesp. 150
Comparing the Nature and Leadership Qualities of Prerevolutionary and Postrevolutionary Authoritarian Regimesp. 152
A Personalistic Autocracyp. 153
An Institutionalized Theocracyp. 157
Comparing Iran's Decisionmakers Then and Now: The Strength of Turbans Versus the Crownp. 164
The Shah's Prevarications in the Face of Adversity: A Recurrent Patternp. 165
Overcoming Internal Divisions and Crushing External Challenges: A Recurrent Clerical Pattern?p. 175
The Impact of Khatami's Election: From Open Confrontations and Widening Schisms to Unrestrained and Debilitating Factionalism?p. 183
Notesp. 193
Conclusion: The Problem of Revolution Revisitedp. 195
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780813338712
ISBN-10: 0813338719
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 12th April 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1