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The Life and Thought of Iran's Revolutionary Ayatollah

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  • Date Published: July 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316509463


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  • By the time of his death in 2009, the Grand Ayatollah Montazeri was lauded as the spiritual leader of the Green movement in Iran. Since the 1960s, when he supported Ayatollah Khomeini's opposition to the Shah, Montazeri's life reflected the crucial political shifts within Iran. In this book, Sussan Siavoshi presents the historical context as well as Montazeri's own political and intellectual journey. Siavoshi highlights how Montazeri, originally a student of Khomeini became one of the key figures during the revolution of 1978–9. She furthermore analyses his subsequent writings, explaining how he went from trusted advisor to and nominated successor of Khomeini to an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic. Examining Montazeri's political thought and practice as well as the historical context, Siavoshi's book is vital for those interested in post-revolutionary Iran and the phenomenon of political Islam.

    • Focuses on the interaction between a major revolutionary figure and his rapidly changing environment to explain the larger historical, political and cultural contexts of Iran
    • Examines both the political and religious thought of Montazeri, appealing to those interested in the synergy and relationship between the two factors
    • Addresses the tension between secularism and religion in Iran, providing further context to the global debate on public religion, tradition and modernity
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    • Winner, 2018 Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award, Middle East Studies Association

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    'Siavoshi's book shows the making of this unique revolutionary personality in detail and is a most welcome addition to the study of the 1979 revolution in Iran.' Maziar Behrooz, International Journal of Middle East Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316509463
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Life in the seminary: the making of a religious scholar
    2. Birth of a revolutionary
    3. The post-revolutionary state and Montazeri: the bearer, the agitator
    4. Life of a dissident
    Part II:
    5. Juridico-political theory: state-society relations
    6. Human rights
    7. Legacy of a grand Ayatollah.

  • Author

    Sussan Siavoshi, Trinity University, Texas
    Sussan Siavoshi is the Cox Chapman Professor of Political Science at Trinity University, Texas. She is the author of numerous articles on the politics of post-revolutionary Iran and Shia religious discourse, most notably Liberal Nationalism in Iran: The Defeat of a Movement (1988).


    • Winner, 2018 Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award, Middle East Studies Association

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