Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards

by Afshon Ostovar


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190882891
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 817,217
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Afshon Ostovar is a Senior Analyst at the Center for Strategic Studies at CNA, and has joined the Naval Postgraduate School as an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs. He lives in the Washington, DC area.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
Brief Overview of the IRGC
Literature Review
Conceptualizing the IRGC
Pro-clerical Activism
Primacy of the Leader
Military Power and State-building
Chapters and Questions

2. From Ali to Khomeini
The Formation of Shiite Islam
Rise of the Clergy
The Islamic Movement
Revolutionary Ideology

3. Vanguard of the Imam
Enter the Vanguard
Roots and Radicals
Khomeini Über Alles
One System to Rule Them All

4. The Imposed War
Civil Discord and a Stymied War Effort
The Islamic Republic Strikes Back

5. The Long War
The International Dimension
Running into Walls
In the Path of the Divine
A Fleeting Taste of Victory
The Bitter End

6. Exporting the Revolution and the Khomeinist Divide
Revolutionary Internationalism
A Conservative Turn
Toward the Liberation of Jerusalem
The Revolution Comes to Lebanon
Fall of the Radicals

7. Culture and Identity
The Islamic Model Army
Power of the Pen
Wartime Cultural Activism
Visual Identity
Iconology of the Self
Warriors of Karbala

8. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Postwar Reconstruction under Rafsanjani
Propagating Virtue, Prohibiting Vice
Taking Back the Revolution

9. The War on Terror
Fear of a Nuclear Iran
Electing Ahmadinejad
An Iran Ascendant
The Specter of War

10. Big Bang, Big Crunch
"Death to the Dictator!"
Rebranding the Basij
A Cornered Lion
Knives Out

11. In Defense of the Family of the Prophet
In Defense of Sayyida Zaynab
A Return to Karbala

12. Conclusion

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