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The Quest for Democracy in Iran By Fakhreddin Azimi

The Quest for Democracy in Iran by Fakhreddin Azimi

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The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 launched Iran as a pioneer in a broad-based movement to establish democratic rule in the non-Western world. In a book that provides essential context for understanding modern Iran, Azimi traces a century of struggle for the establishment of representative government.

The Quest for Democracy in Iran Summary

The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule by Fakhreddin Azimi

The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 launched Iran as a pioneer in a broad-based movement to establish democratic rule in the non-Western world. In a book that provides essential context for understanding modern Iran, Fakhreddin Azimi traces a century of struggle for the establishment of representative government. The promise of constitutional rule was cut short in the 1920s with the rise of the Pahlavi dynasty. Reza Shah, whose despotic rule Azimi deftly captures, maintained the facade of a constitutional monarch but greeted any challenge with an iron fist: "I will eliminate you," he routinely barked at his officials. In 1941, fearful of losing control of the oil-rich region, the Allies forced Reza Shah to abdicate but allowed Mohammad Reza to succeed his father. Though promising to abide by the constitution, the new Shah missed no opportunity to undermine it. The Anglo-American-backed coup of 1953, which ousted reformist premier Mohammed Mosaddeq, dealt a blow to the constitutionalists. The Shah's repressive policies and subservience to the United States radicalized both secular and religious opponents, leading to the revolution of 1979. Azimi argues that we have fundamentally misunderstood this event by characterizing it as an "Islamic" revolution when it was in reality the expression of a long-repressed desire for popular sovereignty. This explains why the clerical rulers have failed to counter the growing public conviction that the Islamic Republic, too, is impervious to political reform-and why the democratic impulse that began with the Constitutional Revolution continues to be a potent and resilient force.

The Quest for Democracy in Iran Reviews

For Azimi, all Iranian history after 1905 is an attempt to fulfill, partially accommodate or circumvent the ideals of a constitutional movement that placed popular representation at the fore of its priorities. He traces how at various moments public alienation and resentment have been articulated or expressed and finally, how "a culture of confrontation" emerged. His book goes a long way toward recuperating a history of Iranian democracy that has been expunged by Orientalists who wonder aloud if there is something about Muslim lands that makes them inhospitable to democracy or, alternatively, those who have dismissed periods of hectic parliamentary activity as mere chaos. -- Negar Azimi The Nation 20090211 Fakhreddin Azimi's The Quest for Democracy in Iran is particularly strong on retrieving the importance of the Constitutional Revolution and threading it through to the Islamic Republic's current dialectic between republicanism and theocracy. -- David Gardner Financial Times 20090425 The sophistication of [Azimi's] concepts of democracy and authoritarianism, his command of the sources, and his intellectual clarity and energy have combined to produce an insightful book that will draw the attention of all interested in Iranian culture and history. -- L. J. Alderink Choice 20081201

About Fakhreddin Azimi

Fakhreddin Azimi is Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Note on Transliteration Prologue: In Search of a National Covenant Part I. Constituting a National Community (1906-1953) 1. Constitutional Trial and Error 2. Pahlavist Absolutism 3. Restoration of Parliamentary Politics Part II. Authoritarian Supremacy: Consolidation and Collapse (1953-1979) 4. The Trajectories of Monarchism 5. Revolution: Chronicle of an Implosion 6. The Edifice and Emplacements of Royal Rule 7. Elective Affinities: Western Imperial Interests and Authoritarian Monarchy 8. The Architecture of Royalist Hegemony 9. A Culture of Confrontation Part III. The Eclipse of Popular Sovereignty: Iran since 1979 10. The Unfolding of Clerical Rule: Oligarchy by Divine Right? 11. The Culture of Politics: The Presence and Absence of the Past 12. Predicaments and Prospects Epilogue: The Resilience of Modernity Abbreviations Notes Index

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The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule by Fakhreddin Azimi
Used - Very Good
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Harvard University Press
2010-09-03
512
Short-listed for Connecticut Center for the Book Awards: Non-Fiction Category 2009
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