“Fanatic,” “dogmatic,” “fundamentalist”—these are the words most often used in the West to describe the Ayatollah Khomeini. The essays in this book challenge. I would also like to thank Shahen Abrahamian, Mohammad Reza Khomeinism, like Latin American populism, claimed to be a return to “native roots ” and a. Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic, Ervand Abrahamian,. London: I. B. Tauris and Berkeley: University of California Press, , xi +. pp., $
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Cecilia rated it liked it Feb 01, The best thing I learned from this book is how the Iranian regime, while acting holier-than-thou is actually heretical, according to Ebrahamian, in many ways and it is best compared to South American Labor movements.
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Nonetheless, Abrahamian’s objective look at the reality of the complexities of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Islamic Republic is a welcome one in an era of reductionist and simplistic analysis of Iran. SayyidSalman Sayyid Limited preview – Want to Read saving…. Whether receiving the blind support of followers or the derision of detractors, Khomeini and the movement that he led into power, has often been reduced to a singularly uncomplicated phenomenon, guided too often by the content of his rhetoric and not by the many nuances of his writings and the reality of the policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
From an elite cleric critical of the policies of the Pahlavi monarchy, to a radical revolutionary who spoke out on behalf of the “mostazafin” the oppressedto a national leader who sought to defuse revolutionary furor in favor of bolstering the propertied middle class, Khomeini has behaved, in Abrahamian’s view, more like any populist third world leader than a religious fundamentalist. References to this book A Fundamental Fear: University of California PressOct 29, – History – pages.
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The essays in this book challenge that view, arguing that Khomeini and anrahamian Islamic movement should be seen as a form of Third World political populism—a radical but pragmatic middle-class movement that strives to enter, rather than reject, the modern age.
Sara Fabulous rated it liked it Dec 01, Abrahamian also discusses the paranoia that permeates the political spectrum in Iran, xbrahamian that such deep distrust is symptomatic of populist regimes everywhere.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Abrahamian analyzes political tracts dating back toalong with Khomeini’s theological writings and his many abrahamixn statements in the form of speeches, interviews, proclamations and fatwas judicial decrees.
Essays on the Islamic Republic by Ervand Abrahamian. Abrahmian argues in these five essays that Khomeini’s long public record of writings khokeinism speeches show a man whose political views changed over time in response to the varied political circumstances that he faced.
What emerges, according to Abrahamian, is a militant, sometimes contradictory, political khomeeinism that focuses not on issues of scripture and theology but on the immediate political, social, and economic grievances of workers and the middle class.
Creating An Islamic State: Abrahamian also discusses the paranoia that permeates the political spectrum in Iran, contending that such deep distrust is symptomatic of populist regimes everywhere.
Preview — Khomeinism by Ervand Abrahamian. It is noteworthy, that the book was published in during the “moderate” presidency of Rafsanjani. Abrahamian analyzes political tracts dating back toalong with Khomeini’s theological writings and his many public statements in the form of speeches, interviews, proclamations and fatwas judicial decrees.
All are designed to bolster the clergy’s reputation as champions of the downtrodden and as defenders against foreign powers. Oct 29, Eric Randolph rated it it was amazing. Sean Abrzhamian rated it it was amazing Jan 08, These essays reveal how the Islamic Republic has systematically manipulated history through televised “recantations,” newspapers, school textbooks, and even postage stamps.
What emerges, according to Abrahamian, is a militant, sometimes contradictory, political abrauamian that focuses not on issues of scripture and theology but on the immediate political, social, and economic grievances of workers and the middle class.
The essays in this book challenge that view, arguing that Khomeini and his Islamic movement should be seen as a form of Third World political populism—a radical but pragmatic middle-class movement that strives to enter, rather than reject, the modern age. He argues instead that Khomeini was a populist and that Klyv rated it really liked it Jan 26, Essays on the Islamic Republic. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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