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Khomeini’s Rule

Nikki Keddie, 7 March 1985

The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution 
by Shaul Bakhash.
Tauris, 282 pp., £13.95, January 1985, 1 85043 003 9
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The State and Revolution in Iran: 1962-1982 
by Hossein Bashiriyeh.
Croom Helm, 203 pp., £16.95, April 1983, 0 7099 3214 6
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... To the student of revolution, the Iranian revolution of 1978-79 must appear both strange and strangely familiar. It appears familiar because the revolution, in its causes and us course, fits largely into the pattern of ‘great’ revolutions set out by such students of comparative revolution as Crane Brinton. Brinton’s typology, more descriptive than explanatory, sees revolution as starting with an internal crisis in the old regime, proceeding to a government of moderate revolutionaries, then to a radical ‘reign of terror and virtue’, which leads to a ‘Thermidor’ in which order is restored but some gains of the revolution are maintained ...

Before the Revolution

J.D. Gurney, 2 July 1981

Iran: Religion, Politics and Society 
by Nikki Keddie.
Frank Cass, 243 pp., £13.50, October 1980, 0 7146 3150 7
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Towards a Modern Iran 
edited by Elie Kedourie and Sylvia Haim.
Frank Cass, 262 pp., £14.50, October 1980, 0 7146 3145 0
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Islam in the Modern World 
by Elie Kedourie.
Mansell, 332 pp., £10, December 1980, 0 7201 1570 1
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... that contributed to it. Despite a modest disclaimer of any such predictive capacity, Professor Keddie’s collection of essays throws considerably more light on the major movements of 19th and 20th-century Iranian history than any of the others. Over the last twenty years her research has concentrated on the reformers of the last century, and the first ...


Malise Ruthven, 18 February 1982

Covering Islam 
by Edward Said.
Routledge, 224 pp., £8.95, October 1981, 0 7100 0840 6
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Heart-Beguiling Araby 
by Kathryn Tidrick.
Cambridge, 224 pp., £12.50, July 1981, 0 521 23483 2
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Inside the Iranian Revolution 
by John Stempel.
Indiana, 336 pp., £10.50, December 1981, 0 253 14200 8
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The Return of the Ayatollah 
by Mohamed Heikal.
Deutsch, 218 pp., £9.95, November 1981, 0 233 97404 0
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by David Hirst and Irene Beeson.
Faber, 384 pp., £11.50, December 1981, 0 571 11690 6
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... modern Iranian history (as described by such outstanding American specialists as Hamid Algar and Nikki Keddie) is completely ignored in Stempel’s analysis. Despite his meticulous recounting of events in a seemingly objective style, Stempel reveals more about the defects of US policy in his own errors and omissions than in any of the statements ...

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