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Postrevolutionary Iran

A Political Handbook

Mehrzad Boroujerdi (author) Kourosh Rahimkhani (author)

ISBN: 9780815635741

Publication Date: May 2018

Format: Hardback

Provides a comprehensive collection of data on political life in post-revolutionary Iran, including coverage of 36 national elections, more than 400 legal and outlawed political organisations, and family ties among the elite. It provides biographical sketches of more than 2,300 political personalities.
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The 1979 revolution fundamentally altered Iran's political landscape as a generation of inexperienced clerics who did not hail from the ranks of the upper class–and were not tainted by association with the old regime–came to power. The actions and intentions of these truculent new leaders and their lay allies caused major international concern. Meanwhile, Iran's domestic and foreign policy and its nuclear program have loomed large in daily news coverage. Despite global consternation, however, our knowledge about Iran's political elite remains skeletal. Nearly four decades after the clergy became the state elite par excellence, there has been no empirical study of the recruitment, composition, and circulation of the Iranian ruling members after 1979.

Postrevolutionary Iran: A Political Handbook provides the most comprehensive collection of data on political life in postrevolutionary Iran, including coverage of 36 national elections, more than 400 legal and outlawed political organizations, and family ties among the elite. It provides biographical sketches of more than 2,300 political personalities ranging from cabinet ministers and parliament deputies to clerical, judicial, and military leaders, much of this information previously unavailable in English.

Providing a cartography of the complex structure of power in postrevolutionary Iran, this volume offers a window not only into the immediate years before and after the Iranian Revolution but also into what has happened during the last four turbulent decades. This volume and the data it contains will be invaluable to policymakers, researchers, and scholars of the Middle East alike.

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"An indispensable source for anyone studying modern Iranian society and politics." - Abbas Milani, Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies, Stanford University

"A monumental achievement. I am unaware of any other source that provides such a rich collection of political data about Iran." - Gary Sick, Columbia University

"This product of 14 years of teamwork is an indispensable reference source for anyone with serious interest in contemporary Iran. . . . The work can justly be placed among the best elite studies done recently anywhere in the world." - Ervand Abrahamian, author of Iran Between Two Revolutions
Illustrations 22 figures
Pages 1000
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2018
Publisher Syracuse University Press
Subject/s Politics & Government   Middle Eastern history   International relations  
Mehrzad Boroujerdi is O'Hanley Faculty Scholar and professor of political science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School, and former president of the International Society for Iranian Studies. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of Nativism and editor of Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and the Theory of Statecraft.

Kourosh Rahimkhani is a doctoral candidate in political science at Binghamton University. His research focuses on politics of ethnoreligious identities, nondemocratic elections, and authoritarian politics.

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