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Author Saikal, Amin, 1950- author.

Title Iran rising : the survival and future of the Islamic Republic / Amin Saikal.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2019].


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  955.054 SAIKAL    Check Shelf
 Cromwell-Belden Public Library - Adult Department  955 SAI    Check Shelf
Description xvi, 326 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- Revolution and transition -- Khomeini's theo-political order -- The Islamic Order under Khamenei: from Rafsanjani to Rouhani -- Resource capabilities -- Regional relations -- Relations with major powers -- Conclusion.
Summary "When Iranians overthrew their monarchy, rejecting a pro-Western shah in favor of an Islamic regime, many observers predicted that revolutionary turmoil would paralyze the country for decades to come. Yet forty years after the 1978-79 revolution, Iran has emerged as a critical player in the Middle East and the wider world, as demonstrated in part by the 2015 international nuclear agreement. In Iran Rising, Iran specialist Amin Saikal describes how the country has managed to survive despite ongoing domestic struggles, Western sanctions, and countless other serious challenges. Saikal explores Iran's recent history, beginning with the revolution, which set in motion a number of developments, including war with Iraq, precarious relations with Arab neighbors, and hostilities with Israel and the United States. He highlights the regime's agility as it navigated a complex relationship with Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion, survived the Gulf Wars, and handled fallout from the Iraqi and Syrian crises. Such success, Saikal maintains, stems from a distinctive political order, comprising both a supreme Islamic leader and an elected president and national assembly, which can fuse religious and nationalist assertiveness with pragmatic policy actions at home and abroad. But Iran's accomplishments, including its nuclear development and ability to fight ISIS, have cost its people, who are desperately pressuring the ruling clerics for economic and social reforms-- changes that might in turn influence the country's foreign policy"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Iran -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997.
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1997-
Iran -- Foreign relations -- 1979-1997.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- 1997-
Iran -- Social conditions -- 1979-1997.
Iran -- Social conditions -- 1997-
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
Iran. (OCoLC)fst01204889
Chronological Term Since 1979
ISBN 0691175470
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