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The Ideological Context of the Iran—Iraq War: Pan-Islamism versus Pan-Arabism

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Iran and the Arab World


Shortly after the Iraqi forces invaded Iran, the Iraqi government issued a worldwide publication in which Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi Deputy Premier, affirmed that his country was not pursuing any ideologically-based expansionist aims in Iran. Qualifying his statement, however, Aziz made two exceptions: the first regarded ‘Iraq’s sovereign rights over those parts of its territory on the Shatt al-Arab’, and the second related to ‘a national aim affecting the Ahvaz or Arabistan region, or, as the Iranians call it, Khuzistan’.1

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Massarrat, M. (1993). The Ideological Context of the Iran—Iraq War: Pan-Islamism versus Pan-Arabism. In: Amirahmadi, H., Entessar, N. (eds) Iran and the Arab World. Palgrave Macmillan, London.

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