"A skillful collection of work...an excellent, thought-provoking set of papers about the challenges, perils and promises of a country undergoing dramatic changes under theocratic rule. Its engaging and erudite chapters introduce the reader to different cultural, economic, religious, and political spheres of interaction, and offer valuable lessons about the dynamics of a changing society...This stimulating work will be welcomed by historians and social theorists and by anyone interested in the contemporary history and political dynamics of Iranian society."--Iranian Studies
"A critical book for engaging Iran in the post-Bush era. It reveals Iran's complex society as it deals with the crises all societies must now deal with: from crises in energy, economics, law, scientific research and foreign policy to drugs, sex, housing, health care, population growth and crime to local and ethnic tensions, war and violence and their terrible after effects. A serious work of scholarship by European and North American writers, rising stars and longtime Iran watchers."--Darius Rejali, Professor of Political Science, Reed College
About the Author
is Professor of History at the University of San Diego. He has written extensively on the intellectual history and politics of modern Iran. His book, Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty
, was published by Oxford University Press in 2006.