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Revolutionary Iran

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Michael Axworthy

One must acknowledge the importance of religion in the country's history to understand Iran. But religion is not the only determinant. The turmoil and change that preceded and followed the establishment of the Islamic Republic stemmed from more significant conflicts. The fundamental question of governance has recurred throughout Iran's history and continues to be debated within the Islamic Republic.

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Revolutionary Iran tells the story of modern Iran, from the early days of the 1979 revolution to reactions to Ahmadinejad's second presidential victory in 2009. In addition to debunking myths, the 2013 book looks at national politics and cultural debates.

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One must acknowledge the importance of religion in the country's history to understand Iran. But religion is not the only determinant. The turmoil and change that preceded and followed the establishment of the Islamic Republic stemmed from more significant conflicts. The fundamental question of governance has recurred throughout Iran's history and continues to be debated within the Islamic Republic.

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The establishment of the Pahlavi dynasty had profound consequences.

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By the late 1970s, the groundwork for an Iranian revolution had reached a climax.

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The revolution of 1979 quickly overthrew the monarchy and instituted the Islamic Republic.

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The aftermath of the revolution significantly influenced the country’s future.

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In 1989, the laws of Iran underwent another revision.

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