In This Review

Religion and Politics in Iran: Shi'ism from Quietism to Revolution
Religion and Politics in Iran: Shi'ism from Quietism to Revolution
Edited by Nikki R. Keddie
Yale University Press, 1983, 258 pp.

The experts on Iran, rarely in evidence when the revolution was brewing, are now prominent in explaining what happened and why. This volume by an international group is one of the best in making the connection between religion and politics, showing how Islam has influenced Iranian political life and Iranian revolutions for centuries, and how natural it was that America became the "great Satan" in the eyes of so many Iranians. The book provides, among its other benefits, fascinating sketches of the lives and thought of Islamic leaders from Kashani to Khomeini.