Why Has Iran Been Revolutionary? I
In a 1983 article I compared Iran’s revolutions with other great world revolutions, and also compared and contrasted the Iranian constitutional revolution of 1905–11 with its Islamic Revolution of 1979.1 Here I wish to look in a different way at the history of revolts and revolutions in Iran since 1890, and pose the question of why Iran has, overall, been so revolutionary, having had more revolutions and rebellions than other Muslim countries, and more than all but one or two Third World countries. The comparison in this chapter is not with western revolutions or between Iranian revolutions but rather a comparison of Iran with other Muslim and other Third World countries.
KeywordsMiddle East Muslim Country Muslim World Revolutionary Movement Foreign Power
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