After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors by Said Amir ArjomandAfter Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors by Said Amir Arjomand

After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors

bySaid Amir Arjomand

Paperback | March 7, 2012

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For many Americans, Iran is our most dangerous enemy - part of George W. Bush's "axis of evil" even before the appearance of Ahmadinejad. But what is the reality? How did Ahmadinejad rise to power, and how much power does he really have? What are the chances of normalizing relations withIran?In After Khomeini, Said Amir Arjomand paints a subtle and perceptive portrait of contemporary Iran. This work, a sequel to Arjomand's acclaimed The Turban for the Crown, examines Iran under the successors of Ayatollah Khomeini up to the present day. He begins, as the Islamic Republic did, withKhomeini, offering a brilliant capsule biography of the man who masterminded the revolution that overthrew the Shah. Arjomand draws clear distinctions between the moderates of the initial phrase of the revolution, radicals, pragmatists, and hardliners, the latter best exemplified by MahmudAhmadinejad. Taking a chronological and thematic approach, he traces the emergence and consolidation of the present system of collective rule by clerical councils and the peaceful transition to dual leadership by the ayatollah as the supreme guide and the subordinate president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Heexplains the internal political quarrels among Khomeini's heirs as a struggle over his revolutionary legacy. And he outlines how the ruling clerical elite and the nation's security forces are interdependent politically and economically, speculating on the potential future role of the RevolutionaryGuards. Bringing the work up to current political events, Arjomand analyzes Iran's foreign policy as well, including the impact of the fall of Communism on Iran and Ahmadinejad's nuclear policy. Few countries loom larger in American foreign relations than Iran. In this rich and insightful account, an expert on Iranian society and politics untangles the complexities of a nation still riding the turbulent wake of one of history's great revolutions.
Said Amir Arjomand is Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and Director of the Stony Brook Institute for Global Studies at Stony Brook University. He is the founder and president of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies and the editor of the Journal of Persianate Studies. He is the author of The Turban for the ...
Title:After Khomeini: Iran Under His SuccessorsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution2. Dual Leadership and Constitutional Developments after Khomeini3. Thermidor at Last: Hashemi-Rajsanjani's Presidency and the Economy4. Revolutionary Ideology and Its Transformation into Islamic Reformism5. The Rise and Fall of President Khatami and the Reform Movement6. Social and Political Consequences of the Integrative Revolution7. Iran's Foreign Policy from the Export of Revolution to Pragmatism8. Iran's New Political Class and the Ahmadinejad Presidency9. Khomeini's Successor: Ayatollah Khamenei as the Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran10. The Hardliners, Foreign Policy and Nuclear DevelopmentConclusionAppendix: Two Models of RevolutionNotesReferencesIndex