Democratic government is something that has eluded Iran despite a series of non-violent revolutions aimed at establishing a system of governance that would promote both public freedom and political accountability. This explores the obstacles to the growth of democracy in Iran and posits a plan for non-violent action to help Iranians achieve it.
Ramin Jahanbegloo is Associate Professor of Political Science and York-Noor Visiting Chair in Islamic Studies at York University, Canada as well as a Senior Fellow at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies. He won the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his academic work promoting cross-cultural dialogue and his advocacy for non-violence as well as the Palau i Fabra International Prize for the Best Essay in 2011. His most recent publication was the Gandhian Moment which published in 2013.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction Part IL Iran: The Anguished Odyssey of Democracy 1. Iran: A Century of Undemocratic Violence 2. Iranian Encounters with Democracy 3. Democracy and Lawfulness in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution 4. The Road to Authoritarian Violence: From the Coup of 1953 to the Revolution of 1979 5. The Two Sovereignties and Islamist Violence in Iran Part II: Democratic Nonviolence: The New Imperative 6. Struggle for Democracy in Iran Epilogue