Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran

Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran

Said Amir Arjomand / Jul 22, 2019

Turban for the Crown The Islamic Revolution in Iran The Iranian revolution still baffles most Western observers Few considered the rise of theocracy in a modernized state possible and fewer thought it might result from a popular revolution Said Amir A

  • Title: Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran
  • Author: Said Amir Arjomand
  • ISBN: 9780195042580
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Iranian revolution still baffles most Western observers Few considered the rise of theocracy in a modernized state possible, and fewer thought it might result from a popular revolution Said Amir Arjomand s The Turban for the Crown provides a thoughtful, painstakingly researched, and intelligible account of the turmoil in Iran which reveals the importance of this singThe Iranian revolution still baffles most Western observers Few considered the rise of theocracy in a modernized state possible, and fewer thought it might result from a popular revolution Said Amir Arjomand s The Turban for the Crown provides a thoughtful, painstakingly researched, and intelligible account of the turmoil in Iran which reveals the importance of this singular event for our understanding of revolutions Providing crucial historical background, Arjomand examines both the structure of authority in Shi ism one of the two main branches of Islam and the impact of the modern state on Iranian society, two factors essential to the comprehension of the revolution of 1979 He then describes the emergence of Khomeini the infusion of petrodollars into the economy the blatant political corruption and Khomeini s disposal of Bakhtiar, Bani Sadr, and Bazargan, consolidation of religious rule, and establishment of a constitution based on a new interpretation of Islamic principles.

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      • Said Amir Arjomand

        Said Amir Arjomand is Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook He earned his Ph.D at the University of Chicago in 1980 He was the founder and first President of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies 1996 2002 and Editor of International Sociology 1998 2003 He edited a special double issue of that journal on Constitutionalism and Political Reconstruction March 2003 He has held appointments at St Antony s College, Oxford, 1982 83 the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, 1984 85 Sociology and Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989 the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, 1998 and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, 1993 94 His article, Constitutions and the Struggle for Political Order A Study in the Modernization of Political Traditions, European Journal of Sociology 1992 , won the Section s Award for the Best Essay in Comparative and Historical Sociology in 1993 His books include The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam l984 , The Turban for the Crown The Islamic Revolution in Iran 1988 , and Rethinking Civilizational Analysis Edited with Edward Tiryakian, in press At Princeton, he was the inaugural Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow in Law and Public Affairs.


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    1. This, sad to say, is the first book I've ever read about modern Iran. During the revolution of 1979 such reading as I did was in the popular press or from a leftwing perspective. Now, having heard war drums beating out of Washington against Iran for years and having seen the Argo movie, I decided to look at the events leading up to the Iran of today a bit more closely.Arjomand writes of the Iranian revolution from a sociological perspective, his eye very much on contemporary theories of revoluti [...]


    2. Extremely dense treatment of the years leading up to and then immediately proceeding the Iranian Revolution of 1979. I read only certain chapters of the book, as I was focusing mainly on the months leading up to the Revolution and the underlying drivers within Iran that brought revolution about. However, this is a book I would return to when I want to do an even deeper dive on post-WWII Iran. Arjomand gives a very granular account of what transpired in under the Iranian republic after WWII, the [...]


    3. I recommend this book if you are interested in certain aspects of Iranian history: specifically, how Iran's economy operated prior to the Constitutional Revolution, and the initial modernization of the Iranian state. I learned that Iran called upon a French banker, then upon an American one, when it wished to set up its economic procedures in the late 1920's. It made me stop to think about how much the relationship between the U.S. and Iran has changed. The author is meticulous in defining the P [...]


    4. Read Chapter 10, and you're good to go. The rest of the book is muddled and isn't worth the slog. Meanwhile, the comparative revolution section (10) should have been his primary focus beyond just the last chapter, rather than the afterthought that he makes it out to be. It is your book if you have an eye for history that reads more like an inventory and constantly refers back to classical, 19th century texts like Weber, Durkheim, and Tocqueville. This is not your book if you're just looking for [...]




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