School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Question of the Islamic Republic
I: Islamic Utopian Romanticism and the Foreign Policy Culture of Iran
II: Inventions of the Iran-Iraq War and the Myth of Endemic Persian-Arab Enmity
III: Iranian-American Encounters: The Islamic Republic in the Neoconservative Mind
IV: Iran's Pluralistic Momentum and the Future of Iranian Democracy In Place of a Conclusion: Towards Critical Iranian Studies
Why is Iran continuously in the news? How can we explain the ideology of the Islamic Republic? How does Iran position itself within the international system? These are some of the questions at the heart of Arshin Adib-Moghaddam's new book, which offers novel methodological and theoretical insights in explaining the foreign relations and domestic politics of post-revolutionary Iran.
An Iranian born in Turkey but educated in Germany and England, Adib-Moghaddam shows a unique empathy towards the understanding of both Eastern and Western cultures. His thoughtful analysis engages the existing literature on Iran and Islam and exposes the limitations of mainstream representations of the country and the wider Muslim world. He addresses not only what caused the war between Iran and Iraq but also its dangerous consequences; the impact of neoconservative policy on Iranian political rhetoric; and the pluralism of Iran's civil society, in which factionalism among the ruling class and peripheral representation in government have encouraged free discourse among its people.
About the Author:
Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is the author of The International politics of the Persian Gulf (Routledge, 2006), Iran in World Politics (Hurst/Columbia UP, 2007/2008), and A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations (Hurst/Columbia UP, 2009). Educated at an evangelical private school in Germany and the University of Hamburg, American (DC) and Cambridge, he was elected the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. An Honorary Fellow of the Cambridge European Trust Society, Cambridge University, he teaches comparative politics and international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
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