The Spirit of Allah : Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution

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Americans have become familiar with Ayatollah Khomeini through the media; yet understanding a figure so remote from American politics and culture is difficult. Taheri, a leading Iranian newspaper editor until 1979, sheds light on the complex forces of the revolution that overthrew the Shah and brought Khomeini to power in a unique 20th-century movement that replaced a modern government with theocratic rule. Taheri analyzes the forces of this religious upheaval, the widespread confusion that Khomeini directed first against the Shah and then against the other revolutionary parties. His detailed review of Khomeini's early life demonstrates the continuing influence of rural and religious values that resisted the currents of modernization. This readable book balances the focus on the man with an understanding of the political forces he unleased. Valuable for both specialists and general readers. Elizabeth R. Hayford, President, Associated Colls. of the Midwest, Chicago
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Khomeini was a little-known figure to most Iranians even as he took power in that country's 1979 revolution. In this detailed, balanced study, Taheri, former editor of the Iranian daily Kayhan and now resident in Europe, traces the rise of this "quintessential" mullah, who began life in an oasis-village religious family, pursued an eccentric, lone-wolf career, and emerged in the 1960s as a strong critic of the Shah and othersforeigners, Jewswho were considered enemies of Islam. While he was being written off as a political force, during his 16-year exile Khomeini actually strengthened his network of support in Iran, creating an illusion of moderation for his radical cultural revolution. Taheri is especially good on the complex social forces that set the stage for Khomeini's Islamic state and made him the "only credible alternative" to the Shah. Photos not seen by PW. February 10
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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