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Lang Matl
Author Majd, Hooman

Title The Ayatollahs' democracy : an Iranian challenge / Hooman Majd

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011


Location Call No. Status
 CCQ - Lusail Female Library  DS318.9 .M355 2011    Available
 CCQ - C Ring Library  DS318.9 .M355 2011    Available
Edition 1st ed
Description 282 p. ; 22 cm
Summary Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions, an elaborate political culture, and enormous implications for world peace. Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian power elite, Majd argues that despite the violence of the disputed 2009 elections, a group of influential ayatollahs--including a liberal, almost-secular opposition--still believes in the Iranian republic; for them, "green" represents not a revolution but a civil rights movement, pushing the country inexorably toward democracy, albeit a particular brand of "Islamic democracy." With witty, candid, and intelligent reporting, Majd, himself the grandson of an esteemed ayatollah, introduces top-level politicians and clerics as well as ordinary people (even Jewish community leaders), all expressing pride for their ancient heritage and fierce independence from the West.--From publisher description
Note Includes index
Subject Iran -- Politics and government
Democracy -- Iran
Islam and politics -- Iran
ISBN 9780393072594