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Why is Iran continuously in the news? How has the Islamic Republic developed ideologically since the 1979 revolution? What are the best ways of comprehending the country at this critical juncture in its history? These are some of the questions at the heart of Arshin Adib-Moghaddam's book, which offers novel methodological and theoretical insights in explaining the foreign relations and domestic politics of post-revolutionary Iran. From the nuclear issue, to the perpetual stand-off with the United States, from the future of Iranian democracy to Iranian-Arab relations, from American neo-conservatism to Islamic utopian-romanticism, from Avicenna to Ayatollah Khomeini, the author guides the reader through the complexities that bedevil our understanding of contemporary Iran. In exposing the limitations of mainstream representations of the country and the wider Muslim world, Iran in World Politics makes a powerful case for 'critical Iranian studies', for a new system of thought that pluralises both the way we see Iran, and the international politics enveloping the country.
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Editorial Reviews

Middle East Bulletin
The struggle to attain democracy is gaining a pluralistic momentum. For thesake of this momentum, Adib-Moghaddam's book is becoming central to anydiscussion about Iran

— Olga Dalaka and Panayiotis Tsitsis

Insight Turkey
Adib-Moghaddam's engaging analysis of the Iranian politics is an effectiveantidote against the widespread characterisation of the Islamic Republicas the centre of the Shi'i crescent and a regime ruled by messianic fanaticswho are soon to be armed with nuclear weapons.

— Gunes Murat Tezcur

Journal of Islamic Studies
Writing from a 'critical studies' perspective, Adib-Moghaddam looks atalternative, often novel, explanations of Iran's behaviour. Examples arehis analysis of the eight-year long Iran—Iraq war, to Iranian—Americanencounters. Cultural perspectives are the core to much of his analysis.The book is a fascinating read and lives up to the author's claim of offeringalternative perspectives on Iran in world politics.

— Anoush Ehteshami

Middle East Panorama
The work is timely and needed.

— David L. Hursey

A. Reza Sheikholeslami

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has made great contributions both to the study of Iran, as a case study, and to the study of world politics as a field of inquiry. Not only does he show the importance of the domestic sources of foreign policy, he pays equal attention to the effect of extra-territorial groups and significant individuals on a country's domestic discourse regarding policy formulation. His study is a dynamic and analytical one, where both ideational and material dialectics shape the contemporary politics. Not only is this an original contribution, but it also serves as an in-depth critical analysis as well as a full description of the existing literature.

Middle East Bulletin - Olga Dalaka and Panayiotis Tsitsis

The struggle to attain democracy is gaining a pluralistic momentum. For thesake of this momentum, Adib-Moghaddam's book is becoming central to anydiscussion about Iran

Insight Turkey - Gunes Murat Tezcur

Adib-Moghaddam's engaging analysis of the Iranian politics is an effectiveantidote against the widespread characterisation of the Islamic Republicas the centre of the Shi'i crescent and a regime ruled by messianic fanaticswho are soon to be armed with nuclear weapons.

Journal of Islamic Studies - Anoush Ehteshami

Writing from a 'critical studies' perspective, Adib-Moghaddam looks atalternative, often novel, explanations of Iran's behaviour. Examples arehis analysis of the eight-year long Iran--Iraq war, to Iranian--Americanencounters. Cultural perspectives are the core to much of his analysis.The book is a fascinating read and lives up to the author's claim of offeringalternative perspectives on Iran in world politics.

Middle East Panorama - David L. Hursey

The work is timely and needed.

From the Publisher

"Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has made great contributions both to the study of Iran, as a case study, and to the study of world politics as a field of inquiry. Not only does he show the importance of the domestic sources of foreign policy, he pays equal attention to the effect of extra-territorial groups and significant individuals on a country's domestic discourse regarding policy formulation. His study is a dynamic and analytical one, where both ideational and material dialectics shape the contemporary politics. Not only is this an original contribution, but it also serves as an in-depth critical analysis as well as a full description of the existing literature."--A. Reza Sheikholeslami, The American University of Sharjah

"The struggle to attain democracy is gaining a pluralistic momentum. For the sake of this momentum, Adib-Moghaddam's book is becoming central to any discussion about Iran"--Olga Dalaka and Panayiotis Tsitsis, Middle East Bulletin

"Adib-Moghaddam's engaging analysis of the Iranian politics is an effective antidote against the widespread characterisation of the Islamic Republic as the centre of the Shi'i crescent and a regime ruled by messianic fanatics who are soon to be armed with nuclear weapons."--Gunes Murat Tezcur, Insight Turkey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231700474
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/29/2010
  • Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations and Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of The International Politics of the Persian Gulf: A cultural genealogy (Routledge, 2006, 2009), Iran in World Politics: The question of the Islamic Republic (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2008, 2010), A metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and them beyond Orientalism (Oxford/Hurst, 2011) and the forthcoming On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today (Bloomsbury). Educated at the Universities of Hamburg, American (Washington DC) and Cambridge, where he received his MPhil and PhD, he was the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow in International Relations and Peace Studies at St. Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. Since 2007, Adib-Moghaddam is based in the Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS. His writings have been translated into many languages and he is a frequent contributor to leading newspapers and TV channels around the world.

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Table of Contents

Contents:1. Islamic Utopian Romanticism and the Foreign Policy Culture of Iran2. Inventions of the Iran-Iraq War and the Myth of Endemic "Persian-Arab"Enmity3. Iranian-American Encounters: The Islamic Republic in the NeoconservativeMind4. Iran's Pluralistic Momentum and the Future of Iranian Democracy5. In Place of a Conclusion: Towards Critical Iranian Studies

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    Don't waste your money!

    I don't usually write reviews on books I have purchased although I feel I should on this particular book. First of all, this book is written like a scholarly example of what I would guess a PH.D Thesis would be written like. After a few pages in I decided to skip ahead. I ended up going to page 100. The first 100 pages were written to set the stage for a discussion of the Islamic Republic's approach to how they look at current democratic movements in the nation of Iran(i.e. the leading intellectuals, women's rights movement and student movements and how the current rulership came to power.) I made it 79 pages further and then had to skip to the concluding chapter. From page 100 to 179 was really the only part of the book that was geared towards the average reader. What this particular section did give was a picture of how the neoconservatives shape the US Government policies towards Iran and other "suspect" countries in the Middle East and western Asia. I actually purchased this book with the idea of reading about the Islamic Republic in current events with an explanation of that. It was disappointing because I got very little of that information.

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