Iran's Intellectual Revolution

Iran's Intellectual Revolution

by Mehran Kamrava
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521725186

ISBN-13: 9780521725187

Pub. Date: 10/27/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Since its revolution in 1978-79, Iran has been viewed as the bastion of radical Islam and a sponsor of terrorism. The focus on its volatile internal politics and its foreign relations has, according to Mehran Kamrava, distracted attention from more subtle transformations which have been taking place there in the intervening years. With the death of Ayatollah Khomeini,

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Since its revolution in 1978-79, Iran has been viewed as the bastion of radical Islam and a sponsor of terrorism. The focus on its volatile internal politics and its foreign relations has, according to Mehran Kamrava, distracted attention from more subtle transformations which have been taking place there in the intervening years. With the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, a more relaxed political environment opened up in Iran, which encouraged intellectual and political debate between learned elites and religious reformers about the nature of Iranian society, its traditions, and its principles. What emerged from these interactions were three competing ideologies which Kamrava categorizes as conservative, reformist, and secular, and which he illustrates with reference to particular thinkers. As the book aptly demonstrates, these developments, which amount to an intellectual revolution, will have profound and far-reaching consequences for the future of the Islamic Republic, its people, and very probably for countries beyond its borders. This thought-provoking account of the Iranian intellectual and cultural scene will confound stereotypical views of Iran and its mullahs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521725187
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2008
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #29
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

List of tables viii

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Emerging Iranian discourses 10

3 Theorizing about the world 44

4 The conservative religious discourse 79

5 The reformist religious discourse 120

6 The secular-modernist discourse 173

7 Iran's silent revolution 214

Bibliography 227

Index 262

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