Author: M Hamid AnsariPublisher: RupaYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 385ISBN/UPC (if available): 8129107740
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 shook the world and changed the strategic balance in the region. In the build-up to the Revolution there was a unity of purpose that was summed up by Ayatollah Khomeini: The monarchy must go. The Shah is corrupt. His hands are dripping with blood. He is a foreign agent. He is the Yazid of our age. In the perception of most Iranians, a tyrant had usurped the state; its retrieval was therefore essential. Beyond that, however, there was little by way of an agreed agenda for social reconstruction. This became evident in the years that followed. Revolutionary passion first gave way to revolutionary reason and then to a reawakened desire for reforms.A quarter of a century later, demography, education and urbanization have become the agents of change. One generation has power while the other has demands. The purpose of the Observer Research Foundation’s New Delhi conference was to explore the evolving perceptions and to ascertain the direction and pace of change.
INTRODUCTION: M H ANSARIMESSAGE: YASHWANT SINHAINAUGURAL SESSIONR K MishraBrajesh MishraSOCIETY AND POLITICSReforms, Reaction and the Future of Democracy in Contemporary IranThe Rise and Fall of President Khatami and the Reform MovementThe Religious roots of Iran’s revolution and Political System Social changes in Iran After the Islamic RevolutionThe Road to the Debacle: An analysis of the February 2004 Parliamentary Elections in IranIran: The Revolutions of OctoberIran, Islam and the RevolutionThe Future of Iran in QuestionModernist Islam in Iran, Actual challenge, Process of ModernizationThe Relationship Between Religion and the Political SystemIslam, religious Fundamentalism and Reform: A Look at the Iranian Islamic revolution After a Quarter of a CenturyFOREIGN POLICYMehdi Hashemi’s Fall: an episode of the Iranian Intra Elite Struggle for Power Under KhomeiniThe Islamic republic at Twenty-five: Adaptation and EvolutionIran and American Wars on its FlanksThe Iranian Gas Pipeline to the Indian SubcontinentIran Witnessed by HistoryForeign Policy After Twenty-five Years of the Revolution Iran’s Evolving Regional Politics: reflections of domestic FactionalismWOMEN’S MOVEMENT]Women’s Political Participation in Post Revolutionary Iran Women’s Movement in Post-Revolutionary IranCULTUREThe Contemporary Historical Context of Indo-Iranian relations LIST OF CONTRIBUTORSINDEX