The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran by Said Amir Arjomand

The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran

bySaid Amir Arjomand

Paperback | February 1, 1995

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The Iranian revolution still baffles most Western observers. Few considered the rise of theocracy in a modernized state possible, and fewer thought it might result from a popular revolution. Said Amir Arjomand's The Turban for the Crown provides a thoughtful, painstakingly researched,and intelligible account of the turmoil in Iran which reveals the importance of this singular event for our understanding of revolutions. Providing crucial historical background, Arjomand examines both the structure of authority in Shi'ism (one of the two main branches of Islam) and the impact of the modern state on Iranian society, two factors essential to the comprehension of the revolution of 1979. He then describes theemergence of Khomeini; the infusion of petrodollars into the economy; the blatant political corruption; and Khomeini's disposal of Bakhtiar, Bani-Sadr, and Bazargan, consolidation of religious rule, and establishment of a constitution based on a new interpretation of Islamic principles.

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Said Amir Arjomand is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam.

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Title:The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in IranFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.17 × 6.18 × 0.91 inPublished:February 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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The Iranian revolution still baffles most Western observers. Few considered the rise of theocracy in a modernized state possible, and fewer thought it might result from a popular revolution. Said Amir Arjomand's The Turban for the Crown provides a thoughtful, painstakingly researched, and intelligible account of the turmoil in Iran, revealing the importance of this singular event for our understanding of revolutions.

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"Interesting and insightful...thought-provoking....Arjomand's research is impressive, his style elegant...and his hypothesis on the significance of religion in revolutions suggests an important line of inquiry and future research, especially in comparative studies of revolution."--ValMoghadam, Center for Iranian Research and Analysis Newsletter