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Iran: Doctrine and Reality

  • David Menashri

Abstract

The Islamic revolution in Iran presents a new pattern of power-seizure in the modern history of the Middle East. Typically, the many coups in the last generation in this region and in the Third World in general were carried out by small groups, led mostly by army officers, who only after their seizure of power endeavoured to gain popular support for themselves and their new ideology. The Iranian revolution was a striking exception: it was led primarily by clerics, it enjoyed mass support (from its inception), and its ‘new’ ideology was nothing more than the return to the glorious past of early Islam and to the ideology most familiar to Iranians — to Islam.1

Keywords

Islamic Republic Muslim World Islamic Revolution Leadership Council Iranian Revolution 
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Notes

  1. 16.
    J. Behruz, Iran Almanac, 1987 (Tehran: Echo of Iran, 1987) p. 135.Google Scholar
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    Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Islam and Revolution: Writings and Declarations of Imam Khomeini (Berkeley: Mizan, 1981), 34–5Google Scholar
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    James Piscatori, Islam in the World of Nation-States (Cambridge University Press, 1986) p. 111.Google Scholar
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    R.K. Ramazani, Revolutionary Iran (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1986), 24–5Google Scholar
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    Marvin Zonis and Daniel Brumberg, ‘Khomeini, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Arab World’, Harvard Middle East Papers (no. 5, 1987), 74–5.Google Scholar
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    Gary Sick, ‘Iran’s Quest for Superpower Status’, Foreign Affairs, Spring 1987, 714.Google Scholar

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© The Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University 1989

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