New PDF release: A Critical Introduction to Khomeini

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Because the architect of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini is still some of the most inspirational and enigmatic figures of the 20 th century. The revolution positioned Iran on the vanguard of heart East politics and the Islamic revival. two decades after his dying, Khomeini is respected as a religious and political figurehead in Iran and in huge swathes of the Islamic international, whereas within the West he's remembered through many as a dictator and the instigator of Islamist war of words. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam brings jointly exotic and rising students during this accomplished quantity, which covers all facets of Khomeini's lifestyles and seriously examines Khomeini the baby-kisser, the thinker, and the non secular chief, whereas contemplating his legacy in Iran and extra afield in different components of the Islamic global and the West. Written by way of students from various disciplines, the ebook will end up necessary to scholars and normal readers drawn to the existence and occasions of Khomeini and the politics that he encouraged.

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Lloyd Ridgeon is Reader in Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow. His primary areas of research are Sufism and modern Iran. His publications include Religion and Politics in Modern Iran (2005); Sufi Castigator: Ahmad Kasravi and the Iranian Mystical Tradition (2007); Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism (2010); and Jawanmardi: A Sufi Code of Honour (2011). Amr GE Sabet (PhD, University of Calgary, Canada) is Associate Professor of Political Science at Dalarna University, Sweden. His areas of research include international relations, comparative politics, and Middle East and Islamic politics.

Azadeh Kian is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Gender and Feminist Studies and Research at the University of Paris-Diderot; Co-Director of the National Federation of Research on Gender in France (RING); Member of the Scientific Council of French Research Institutes in Turkey, Russia, Iran, and Central Asia; and Research Associate at Mondes iranien et indien, CNRS. Her research and publications focus on politics and society in Iran; Islam and gender; gender, ethnicity, and identity; the women’s movement in Iran and the Middle East; and gender and postcolonial theories.

They argue that he was a cynical opportunist. He would say one thing to Iranians in order to secure their support for the revolution and do something else in practice. There is no doubt that Khomeini’s utopian vision was implemented with a good deal of Machiavellian pragmatism. 13 But the adherence to a highly politicised, interest-based and state-centric interpretation of Islam in Iran was also due to his convictions as a cleric, religious scholar and theologian. In many ways, Khomeini was a mujtahid first and a revolutionary second; his radical messages were always also steeped in legalistic premises informed by his interpretation of the Shi’i tradition of usul al-fiqh (principles of Islamic jurisprudence).

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