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Islam and the Post-Revolutionary State in Iran

Homa Omid

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ISBN 10: 0333484460 / ISBN 13: 9780333484463
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Title: Islam and the Post-Revolutionary State in ...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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'...her short analysis of the Iranian armed forces in the 1980s is first-rate, so too is her much more substantial section on women and the state in Iran...As well as offering useful insights into the workings of the Islamic state in Iran, this readable book also provides a warning of the struggles ahead in many other Muslim societies.' - Anoushiravan Ehteshami, Times Higher Education Supplement ;Islam has been the driving force shaping the ideology and the power base of the Iranian revolution. This volume engages critically with the Islamic perspective and promises offered by the revolution. Looking at the rise of the religious institution as a revolutionary force, the author observes their post-revolutionary policies in the domains of politics, economics, education, the armed forces and women's status. In the event, the volume demonstrates that the Iranian government has failed to deliver on most, if not all, of its Islamic pledges.

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The Iranian revolution is the first example of a successful political takeover by a religious institution in the Middle East. This volume traces the roots of the revolutionary powers of the ulama religious leaders and engages critically with their perspectives on an Islamic government and economy. The author argues that the uneasy alliance between the intelligentsia and the ulama which has fuelled two successful revolutions in twentieth-century Iran has always contained irresolvable tensions. These continue to pull national politics in contradictory directions in the post-revolutionary period. On coming to power, the Islamic government has had to contend with these conflicting forces, as well as having to accommodate the loose collegial cooperation that had existed amongst religious leaders. In addition, the young, zealous revolutionaries have also extracted the right to dictate terms to the post-revolutionary state. The result has been a profusion of command structures with administrative units duplicating one another's duties. Even the armed forces have been replicated with the creation of the revolutionary guard corps, and this has added an enormous burden of expenditure to the tottering budget. It is the contention of the author that the failure to rationalise the administrative organisation has resulted in bureaucratic bungles and an increase in poverty. In the 1990s the government has reneged on its avowed Islamic promises and its commitment to remaining independent from the West. Iran has returned to the fold of the debtor nations, and, having borrowed from the World Bank, has had to agree to reorganise its economy and introduce some structural adjustments. Less than fifteenyears after the revolution there is little left of the original Islamic ideals sought by the theocracy in Iran. The only tokens of Islamification have been the imposition of the veil and the systematic exclusion of women from much of the public domain.

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