Democracy and Constitutional Politics in Iran: A Weberian Analysis

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An inquisitive socio-historical analysis of the long road Iran has traveled in quest of constitutionalism and democracy. The book explicates the paradox that after over a hundred years of struggle for freedom, the Iranian people currently have less of it than they did a hundred years ago at this time.

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Farshad Malek-Ahmadi received his PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1999. Since 2004, he has been teaching at Naugatuck Valley Community College, USA. For twenty years, he has taught sociology classes at academic institutions both in the United States and abroad. His research interests are in the areas of politics, law, and literature.

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"If you ever wondered why a century past her Constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911 Iran is still struggling to establish a democratic order and sustainable constitutional politics, you should read Malek-Ahmadi's account of the contestation of liberal and authoritarian interpretations of the law and religion among Iranian political elites, especially as it has manifested itself in the rule of the Islamic Republic in Iran." - Ali Akbar Mahdi, Ali Akbar Mahdi, Lecturer in Sociology, California State University, College of the Canyons, USA

"A careful and sophisticated account of Iran's bumpy road to democratization in historical perspective and cast in an analytical framework drawn from Max Weber. Malek-Ahmadi presents Iran's unique constitutional experience in a new light." - Said Amir Arjomand, Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA

"Farshad Malek-Ahmadi captures the tension between democratic and autocratic tendencies in Iranian politics and the power wielded by Shiite clerics over government policies that long predates the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran's ultimate modernization, he suggests, depends on a separation of mosque and state that may take another generation or more to achieve." - Barbara Slavin, Author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2009)

"Relying on Max Weber's discussion of different types of authority, Farshad Malek-Ahmadi deftly lays out the interplay of the historical yearning for constitutionalism in Iran and the repeated hurdles to this quest for representation and rule of law. Despite delineation of repeated institutional failures, Malek-Ahmadi's conclusion about the strength of the yearning for constitutionalism is both refreshing and hopeful." - Farideh Farhi, Independent Scholar and Affiliate Graduate Faculty at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA

"The history of twentieth-century Iran is bracketed by two experiments in constitutional design, the Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1907 and the Islamic Republic, which was established in 1979. Farshad Malek-Ahmadi's erudite book contrasts these episodes and explores their implications for the ongoing tension between clerical authorities and the emerging modern state in Iran, using the classic conceptual framework of the great German sociologist Max Weber." - Charles Kurzman, Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

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