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In The Iranians, eminent Middle East expert Sandra Mackey brings us invaluable understanding of a complex, contradictory, and sometimes volatile people. Beginning with the ancient Persian empires that ruled from India to Greece and later humbled mighty Rome, and tracking the waves of invasions that culminated in the triumph of the Arabs under the banner of Islam, she delineates the opposing poles of identity and power that have vied for the Iranian state and the Iranian soul. On the one hand, there is the Persian...
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Overview

In The Iranians, eminent Middle East expert Sandra Mackey brings us invaluable understanding of a complex, contradictory, and sometimes volatile people. Beginning with the ancient Persian empires that ruled from India to Greece and later humbled mighty Rome, and tracking the waves of invasions that culminated in the triumph of the Arabs under the banner of Islam, she delineates the opposing poles of identity and power that have vied for the Iranian state and the Iranian soul. On the one hand, there is the Persian concept of kingship, in which the nation is guided toward its destiny by a single strong ruler. On the other, there is the Islamic concept of a community of believers in which the faith of Muhammad reigns supreme over every facet of life. This dramatic conflict has played itself out over centuries, intensifying in the twentieth century when Iranians also confronted the issue of modernization in the mode of the West. In the last decades, the Iranians' intertwined destinies of Persia and Islam resulted in the violent shift of leadership and policy from the imperious "King of Kings," Muhammad Reza Shah, to the zealous Ayatollah Khomeini. Without a current icon of culture and authority, the Iranians now struggle with their present and search for their future in the decaying Iranian Revolution. The author's personal knowledge of Iran gives her book a superbly human dimension. Sandra Mackey has more unrestricted movement within the Iranian Islamic Republic than any other American journalist. Her eyewitness account gives the reader a uniquely authentic present-day picture of Iran and the Iranians from the cities to the countryside and from humble mosques to the chaotic political arena governed by the clerics of Shia Islam, as pressures build for a new definition of revolutionary Iran that may well shake the region and the world.

A CNN commentator and acclaimed author of The Saudis presents the first in-depth study of Iran since Khomeini's death. The Iranians explores Iran in the context of its old and new cultures, revealing how the Islamic revolution came about, why it has failed, and why Iran today is on the brink of chaos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In an engrossing blend of history and reportage, Middle East expert Mackey (The Saudis) portrays a proud, anxious people caught between two interlocking traditions competing for the nation's soul. On the one hand, there is the legacy of ancient Persia, which brought forth Zoroastrianism with its belief in a supreme God, a philosophy of tolerance and justice, and magnificent art; and on the other, there is the predominant Shiite Muslim religion, which mirrors Persian nonconformity in its schismatic break with Sunni orthodoxy, but which also galvanizes the masses with calls for an egalitarian society, retribution against the West and strict adherence to Islamic moral code. Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, in her analysis, abandoned Islamic traditions and, wrapping himself in the cloak of kingship, pushed a shallow resurrection of the glories of ancient Persia. His fall in 1979 left the U.S. adrift in the crucial Persian Gulf; and contemporary Iran, with its ongoing military buildup, its opposition to the Israel-Arab peace process and its refusal to lift the death edict for Salman Rushdie, reinforces deep-rooted authoritarian traditions. Nevertheless, Mackey strongly urges the U.S. to replace its policy of isolation and embargo with reconciliation toward President Hashemi Rafsanjani and the moderate pragmatists he supposedly represents. (May)
Library Journal
Mackey, a Middle East specialist and journalist whose previous books include Passion and Politics: The Turbulent World of the Arabs (LJ 11/1/92), has produced a treasure trove of information on Iranian civilization from Cyrus the Great to the present. Throughout this turbulent history of invasions and conquerors, the Persian soul, with its foundations in the Zoroastrian concept of justice overlaid with Shia Islam, has steadfastly endured. Since many Westerners had little familiarity with Iran until the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, this very readable book provides a perspective on what led up to those events, what is happening in Iran today, and how the current situation is likely to affect the future of Iran and its relationship with the West. The West needs to understand Iran, and this work makes great headway in that direction: it is comprehensive but also discusses Persian history and religion in depth, thereby making it useful to the specialist and nonspecialist alike. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Ruth K. Baacke, Whatcom Cty. Lib. Sys., Bellingham, Wash.
Steve Schroeder
Given the depth of ignorance that pervades U.S. policy and opinion toward Iran, anything that can contribute to greater popular understanding of Iranian culture, history, and politics is welcome. Although Mackey's book continues to frame discussion of Iran in terms of its existence as a "problem" for the U.S., it does synthesize a formidable body of historical and anecdotal material. Particularly helpful is the author's depiction of the "soul" of Iran as a synthesis of a Persian identity that reaches back some 3,000 years through Cyrus to Zoroaster and a distinctly Shia Islamic identity. That synthesis is a difficult one, spanning a long history of remarkable cultural achievements, periods of empire, and repeated invasions that have contributed to a complex, multicultural, religiously diverse identity--even under the umbrella of a republic identified since 1979 as Islamic. One can only hope that the history of Western involvement in Iranian politics will help readers understand the West--specifically the U.S.--as a problem. Such an understanding could teach readers as much about our soul as about Iran's soul.
Firuz Kazemzadeh
...a well-written and informative book. -- Firuz Kazemzadeh, The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
A richly detailed analysis of the complex historical and ideological forces that drive this large and powerful nation.

Mackey (The Saudis, 1990; Lebanon, 1989) sees the paradoxical soul of Iran as a two-faced Janus that expresses both Persian culture and Shia Islam. By exploring the long and turbulent history of this strategically located nation, she guides the reader toward telling insights that explain such dramatic 20th-century polarities as the Peacock throne of Reza Shah Pahlavi and the Islamic Republic of Ayatollah Khomeini. More than a researcher, Mackey travels through Iran and experiences the celebration of No Ruz, an ancient Zoroastrian holiday still preserved with an Islamic overlay. It would be difficult to understand the zeal of revolutionary demonstrators at the American Embassy compound without this background into the black and white sensibility provided by the prophet Zoroaster. After all the country's abuse at the hands of Greeks, Seleucids, Byzantines, and Britons, it is little wonder that decadent America is an echo of Ahriman the satanic destroyer. Persia's most venerated traditions demand a just but absolute ruler, making the shah's excessive capitalism and secularism that much more foreign to Iranian eyes. While a black-turbaned imam has the unshakable credentials of a descendent of Muhammad, we learn that rivalry between Persian Aryans and Muslim Arabs replays ancient battles of the Umayyads and Abbasids. Mackey likewise allows us to understand the racial and religious animosity toward Sunni Arabs that would pit the Shia Islamic Republic against fellow Muslim Iraq. By touring the wide panorama of Iranian times and space with Mackey, we can appreciate why "Teheran is Iran's brain, Qom is its soul, and cherished Isfahan its heart." (See also Judith Miller, God Has Ninety-Nine Names, p. 512.)

An essential resource for anyone concerned with this crucial region's geopolitics, culture or religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525940050
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The Glory of Persia 13
2 The Invasion of Islam 40
3 God and State 66
4 The Faces of Authority: Father, King, and Cleric 93
5 King and Nation: Iran's First Revolution 123
6 Reza Shah: To the Glory of the Nation 157
7 The Shah and the Prime Minister: Iran's Second Revolution 187
8 The Shah and the Ayatollah: Persia and Islam 211
9 The Persian Empire of Muhammad Reza Shah 239
10 The Double Revolution 271
11 The Internal and External: Wars for the Iranian Nation 301
12 Islamic Government: Religion, Culture, and Power 334
13 The Islamic Republic of Iran: The Failed Quest for Justice 350
Epilogue 381
Endnotes 393
Selected Bibliography 404
Index 411
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