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The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution: From Monarchy to Islamic Republic

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In this fully revised and expanded second edition, Dr. Milani offers new insights into the causes and profound consequences of Iran's Islamic Revolution. Drawing on dozens of personal interviews with the officials of the Islamic Republic and on recently released documents, he presents a provocative analysis of the dynamics and characteristics of factional politics in Islamic Iran. Among the new issues covered are the events leading up to the Teheran hostage crisis, Ayatollah Khomeini's life and writings, ...
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In this fully revised and expanded second edition, Dr. Milani offers new insights into the causes and profound consequences of Iran's Islamic Revolution. Drawing on dozens of personal interviews with the officials of the Islamic Republic and on recently released documents, he presents a provocative analysis of the dynamics and characteristics of factional politics in Islamic Iran. Among the new issues covered are the events leading up to the Teheran hostage crisis, Ayatollah Khomeini's life and writings, President Rafsanjani's activities against the Shah, Rafsanjani's recent reforms, Iran's involvement in the Kuwaiti crisis, and the domestic and foreign policy challenges facing Iran in the post-Cold War era.
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Mohsen M. Milani is associate professor of politics, Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida in Tampa.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Chronology of Significant Events
Introduction 1
1 The Study of Revolution: Science of Anarchy or Anarchy of Science? 7
The Evolution of the Modern Concept and Myth of Revolution 7
Revolution Defined 9
The Shah and the Experts: An Iran That Was Not 10
A Holistic Approach to the Study of the Islamic Revolution 15
2 The Constitutional Movement and the Creation of the Pahlavi Dynasty 23
The Iranian Encounter with the West 24
Reforming the Political System: The Constitutional Movement 27
The Dual Personality of the Persian Constitution of 1906 29
Reza Shah Pahlavi and His Reforms 31
3 Reform from Above and Resistance from Below: The June Uprising of 1963 37
Iranian Nationalism in Action: Mossadeq and the 1953 Coup 38
The Shah and His White Revolution 43
Ayatollah Khomeini and the Shah's Reforms 47
The Historical Significance of the June Uprising 53
4 Economic Development and Political Decay 59
Economic Development and the Class Structure of Prerevolutionary Iran 59
The Triangle of Fortune 60
The Modern Middle Class 62
The Traditional Middle Class 63
The Working Class 64
The Dynamics of Social Mobilization 65
Political Participation and Repression 67
The Flaws in the Shah's Modernization Strategy 70
5 Opposition to the Pahlavi Regime: Its Ideological and Organizational Bases 75
Marxist Organizations: The Tudeh and the Fadaiyun-e Khalq 76
The National Front 78
Cultural Revivalism: Shadman, Bazargan, Al-e Ahmad, and Shariati 78
The Organization of the Mojahedin-e Khalq-e Iran 83
Ayatollah Khomeini and His Political Philosophy 84
6 The Crisis of Wealth 93
Oil and the Shah's Great Civilization 93
Iran's Oil Boom and Bust 95
Amuzegar's Austerity Program 98
7 The Anatomy of Iran's Revolutionary Movement: From Demanding Reforms to Dethroning a King 105
Carter's Human Rights Policy and the Shah's Opponents 106
The Eight Phases of Iran's Revolutionary Movement 110
8 The Rise and Fall of the Provisional Revolutionary Government: A Good Government for a Wrong Time 141
The Art of Winning a Revolution 142
The Provisional Revolutionary Government: Its Own Worst Enemy 143
Khomeini's Leadership and the Social Question 145
Creating a State Within the State and Strangling Bazargan 147
Bazargan and the Left 151
The Islamic Constitution 154
Challenging the Islamic Constitution 160
The United States, the Hostage Crisis, and Bazargan's Resignation 162
9 Iran's First Encounter with the Presidency and the Drive Toward Radicalism 171
The Hostage Crisis, the Constitutional Referendum, and the Demise of the Orthodox Ulama 172
Bani Sadr: A Man of Many Titles and Little Power 175
Bani Sadr, the Hostage Crisis, and the War with Iraq 178
Resolution of the Hostage Crisis and Bani Sadr's Removal 181
The Lessons of Bani Sadr's Presidency 184
The Fundamentalists and the Mojahedin: An Eye for an Eye and More 186
Learning the Hard Way: The Belligerent and the Tamed Marxists Face the Fundamentalists 190
10 Khomeini and the Challenge to Govern 197
Factional Politics Within the Fundamentalist Camp 197
Toward Islamizing Iran 200
The Iranian Economy in the 1980s 203
The Iraq-Iran War and the United States 205
11 The Drive Toward Moderation: Iran Under Khamenei and Rafsanjani 219
Succession to Khomeini 219
Revising the Constitution 221
Khamenei as the New Faqih 223
Rafsanjani and the Shah's Regime 225
The Domestic Challenge to President Rafsanjani 228
Rafsanjani's Economic Policy 231
Rafsanjani's New Thinking in Foreign Policy and the Crisis in Kuwait 232
Conclusion 243
Select Bibliography 249
About the Book and Author 255
Index 257
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