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A Critical Introduction to Khomeini
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As the architect of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini remains one of the most inspirational and enigmatic figures of the twentieth century. The revolution placed Iran at the forefront of Middle East politics and the Islamic revival. Twenty years after his death, Khomeini is revered as a spiritual and political figurehead in Iran and in large swathes of the Islamic world, while in the West he is remembered by many as a dictator and the instigator of Islamist confrontation. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam brings together distinguished and emerging scholars in this comprehensive volume, which covers all aspects of Khomeini's life and critically examines Khomeini the politician, the philosopher, and the spiritual leader, while considering his legacy in Iran and further afield in other parts of the Islamic world and the West. Written by scholars from varying disciplines, the book will prove invaluable to students and general readers interested in the life and times of Khomeini and the politics that he inspired.


'This work is intended to provide advanced insight for students and researchers into the significance of Khomeini as a political innovator, religious leader, and historical figure in the establishment of the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. The essays cover topics such as Khomeini's role as a historical personality, his political philosophy and its application to the constitution and politics of Iran, his stance toward the West, and his attitudes toward issues of gender. Each contribution relates well to the theme, and the editor has done a remarkable job in integrating the work of various scholars. On the topic of Khomeini, this is one of the best works available. Summing up: highly recommended.'

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Further Reading
Works about Khomeini
Carlsen, Robin Woodsworth, Imam and His Islamic Revolution: A Journey into Heaven and Hell (Victoria, BC, Canada: Snow Man Press, 1982).
Harmon, Daniel E., Spiritual Leaders and Thinkers: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2005).
Koya, Abdar Rahman (ed.), Imam Khomeini: Life, Thought and Legacy (Kuala Lumpur: Islamic Book Trust, 2009).
Martin, Vanessa, Creating an Islamic State: Khomeini and the making of a new Iran (London: I.B. Tauris, 2003).
Moin, Baqer, Khomeini: Life of the Ayatollah (London: I.B. Tauris, 1999).
Rahnema, Ali (ed.), Pioneers of Islamic Revival (London: Zed Books, 1984).
Works about the Islamic Revolution
Abrahamian, Ervand, Khomeinism: Essays on the Islamic Republic (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).
Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin, On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and resistance today (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013)
Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin, Iran in World Politics: The Question of the Islamic Republic (London/New York: C Hurst & Co. Publishers/Oxford University Press, 2007).
Afary, Janet and Anderson, Kevin B., Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).
Algar, Hamid, Roots of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: Four Lectures by Hamid Algar (New York: Islamic Publications International, 2001).
Arjomand, Said Amir, The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988).
Brumberg, Daniel, Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001).
Crooke, Alastair, Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution (London: Pluto Press, 2009).
Dabashi, Hamid, Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (New YorkUniversity Press, 1993).
Ebtekar, Massoumeh, Takeover in Tehran: The Inside Story of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2000).
Esposito, John L. (ed.), The Iranian Revolution: Its Global Impact (University Press of Florida, 1990).
Kamrava, Mehran, Iran’s Intellectual Revolution (Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
Keddie, Nikki, Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003).
Osanloo, Arzoo, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2009).
Sayyid, Salman, A Fundamental Fear: Eurocentrism and the Emergence of Islamism (London: Zed Books, 1997).
Schirazi, Asghar, The Constitution of Iran: Politics and the State in the Islamic Republic (trans. Kane, John O’), (London: I.B. Tauris, 1997).
Works on Shi’i and Iranian History
Algar, Hamid, Religion and State in Iran 1785–1906 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969).
Arjomand, Said Amir (ed.), Authority and Political Culture in Shi’ism (State University of New York Press, 1988).
Enayat, Hamid, Modern Islamic Political Thought (London: Macmillan Press, 1982).
Halm, Heinz, Shi’a Islam: from Religion to Revolution (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1997).
Ridgeon, Lloyd (ed.), Shi’i Islam and Identity: Religion, Politics and Change in the Global Muslim Community (New York: I.B. Tauris, 2012).
Sachedina, Abdulaziz Abdulhussein, The Just Ruler in Shi’ite Islam: The Comprehensive Authority of the Jurist in Imamite Jurisprudence (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988).
Vaezi, Ahmed, Shia Political Thought (London: Islamic Centre of England, 2004).
Walbridge, Linda (ed.), The Most Learned of the Shi’a: The Institution of the Marjaʻ Taqlid (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001).
Al-e Ahmad, Jalal, Occidentosis: A Plague from the West (ed. Algar, Hamid, trans. Campbell, R.), (Berkeley: Mizan, 1984).
Algar, Hamid (trans.), Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Berkeley: Mizan Press, 1980).
Davari, Mahmood T., The Political Thought of Ayatollah Murtaza Muttahari: An Iranian Theoretician of the Islamic State (Oxford: Routledge, 2005).
Rahnema, Ali, An Islamic Utopian: Political Biography of Ali Shari’ati (London: I.B. Tauris, 2000).
Shari’ati, Ali, On the Sociology of Islam: Lectures by Ali Shari’ati (ed. Algar, Hamid), (Berkeley: Mizan Press, 2000).


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