The Role of Religion in Affecting Regime Change: A Study of Secularization and Charismatic Leadership in Iran and Poland

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The traditions of Shi'ite Islam in Iran and Roman Catholicism in Poland have proven to be powerful political forces in opposition to hostile regimes. This work examines these hostile forces while analyzing their relative ineffectiveness in providing leadership or governance in post-transformation politics. This study compares the political roles of religion in Iran and Poland. Despite obvious differences, the recent history of the two countries suggests a common trajectory for religious politics. In both cases, religious leaders have tapped into widely shared religious values to bring about regime transformation. Iran and Poland have both cast off regimes hostile to dominant religious values. However, the political influence of religious leaders, and the political importance of religious values, diminishes substantially once the regime transformation has been completed.

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"...helps us to better understand seminal events and provides a way to analyze the political resurgence of religion around the world." (Prof. Christopher Soper Pepperdine University) "...offers a great deal of substantive insight into the striking similarities between organized religion's relevance to relatively recent regime transitions in Iran and Poland." (Prof. Laura R. Olson Clemson University)"

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