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The Turban for the Crown: the Islamic Revolution in Iran

The Turban for the Crown: the Islamic Revolution in Iran

The Turban for the Crown: the Islamic Revolution in Iran
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ISBN: 0195042581
Author: Said Amir Arjomand
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages: 281 Binding: Paperback

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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.

Mr. Arjomand, a sociologist at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, suggests that the Islamic republic's longevity may be tied more to its radical interpretation of the faith than to its changes of the state. . . . After analyzing revolutions over the past two centuries, Mr. Arjomand offers a newvariable to the revolutionary equation. . . . 'Comparative evidence not only requires that we sever the conceptual link between revolution and progress butalso suggests that we may do better if we link revolution and religion,' he writes. . . . {His book} also provides a wealth of background on Islam and the history of Iran that helps put the past decade in perspective. It is a thought-provoking work and a major contribution to serious scholarship on Iran, modern revolutions and the role of religion in contemporary politics.