By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Because the architect of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini is still some of the most inspirational and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. The revolution positioned Iran on the vanguard of heart East politics and the Islamic revival. two decades after his dying, Khomeini is respected as a non secular and political figurehead in Iran and in huge swathes of the Islamic global, whereas within the West he's remembered by means of many as a dictator and the instigator of Islamist war of words. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam brings jointly distinctive and rising students during this accomplished quantity, which covers all elements of Khomeini's lifestyles and severely examines Khomeini the baby-kisser, the thinker, and the religious chief, whereas contemplating his legacy in Iran and extra afield in different elements of the Islamic international and the West. Written through students from various disciplines, the publication will end up important to scholars and basic readers attracted to the existence and occasions of Khomeini and the politics that he encouraged.

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As such, the revolution claimed the lives of both self and other, revolutionary and counter-revolutionary, which explains why no Iranian remained untouched by the events. Despite repeated calls for a non-confrontational policy, Khomeini, as indicated, accepted death as an inevitability of the revolutionary process in Iran. S. S. military strikes, in November 1979: We fear neither military action nor economic boycott, for we are the followers of Imams who welcomed martyrdom. Our people are also ready to welcome martyrdom today.

It was under the Safavids, and in particular during the rule of Shah Abbas I (1571–1629), when the idea of Imamite jurisprudence in the Twelver-Shi’i tradition was institutionalised in the burgeoning madrasas and other educational and civic institutions sponsored by the state which were increasingly populated by senior Shi’i scholars recruited from all over the Muslim world, in particular from Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Chief among them was Muhaqiq al-Karaki (also al-Thani), a pivotal clerical personality that readily carried the torch of the state-sponsored Shi’ism institutionalised during that period.

Islam and politics – Iran – 21st century. 7. Iran – Politics and government – 1979– I. Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin editor of compilation. 05′42092–dc23 2013036427 ISBN 978-1-107-01267-7 Hardback ISBN 978-1-107-67062-4 Paperback Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party Internet Web sites referred to in this publication and does not guarantee that any content on such Web sites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate. Contents List of Map and Figures About the Authors Acknowledgments Glossary Timeline: The Life of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (1902–1989) Introduction: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini: A Clerical Revolutionary?

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