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Posted August 18, 2006
I read this book after I read Nasr's other book Shia revival. This did not read as well, but it provides a grand sweep of Iranian history, and shows why democracy is so hard in a country everyone expects to change. This is a must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2006
I read this book with great interest. It provides a very interesting historical perspective on how democracy has faired in Iran. There are many interesting new perspectives on many issues. I adisagree with the reviewer of publishers weekly (which seems to have a neo-con view). I think the book makes a strong case for taking the roots and development of democracy in Iran seriously (which has nothing to do with attitude to Israel). I was in Iran at the time of elections and saw no boycott to speak of. Aside from discussing democracy this is a very readable and interesting history of Iran. Highly recommendedWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.