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Capsule Review

Iran: Religion, Politics and Society

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Iran: Religion, Politics and Society
By Nikki R. Keddie
Cass, 1980 243 pp. Purchase

The revolution in Iran-and the spate of superficial writing on it-make this collection of essays by a respected American historian of Iran (some previously published but not easily available, others new) a particularly welcome addition to the explanations of why what happened in that country did happen. The radical-clerical alliance and the political role of the ulama, evident in the revolution of 1905-1911, have a long tradition.

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