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Contemporary Iran

Politics, Economy, Religion

By Farhang Morady

Published

3 Sep 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529209563

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

3 Sep 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529209556

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£75.00 £60.00You save £15.00 (20%) Pre-order

Published

3 Sep 2020

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1529209587

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Imprint

Bristol University Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    This accessible introductory text explains the political, economic and religious developments since the formation of the Islamic Republic in 1979 and provides an analysis of the domestic politics of Iran. It identifies the ways in which the country, often imagined as ‘isolated’, is actually integrated into the global capitalist economy. It also explains the often-heated relationship of the regional powerhouse with the outside world, especially with West Asian neighbours and the United States.

    Both rigorous and readable, the book covers:

    • Iran’s unusual path of capitalist development;

    • The relationship between politics and religion in what is known as ‘God’s Kingdom’;

    • The international and domestic factors that shape Iranian politics and society.

    Assuming no prior knowledge, this book is an ideal starting point for students and general readers looking for a thought-provoking introduction to contemporary Iran.

    Farhang Morady is Principal Lecturer in International Relations and Development in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London.

    Introduction: An Overview of the Iranian Economy, Politics, and Society

    Part 1 ~ Economic Development

    Capitalist Development in Iran: Continuity and Change

    Oil and Development

    Part 2 ~ Politics, Power, and Religion

    Islam, Politics, and Power: Prologue to the 1979 Revolution

    Revolution: Theories and Practices

    Political Struggle in God’s Kingdom

    Part 3 ~ Foreign and Regional Policy

    US-Iran Relations: Background and Evolution

    Regional Influence and Ambitions

    Conclusion: Prospects and Challenges