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Democracy in Modern Iran: Islam, Culture, and Political Change

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“The author convincingly argues for a view of democracy based not on ‘objective logic,’ but rather on pragmatic lines...[Mirsepassi] does deliver a variety of useful perspectives on the nature of the contemporary hostility.”
-PBS’s Frontline website

Democracy in Modern Iran, however, is much more than simply a commentary on Iranian politics. In essence, it is a work of comparative political theory that examines the relationship between culture and democracy.”
-Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

“An extraordinary work that provides an invaluable and much-needed historical, intellectual, and cultural context for developing an understanding of Iran’s society and how Islam has affected political change in that nation. This is a meticulously researched analysis with an original interpretation of the evolving events in Iran; in short, a major volume to be welcomed and celebrated.”
-Vartan Gregorian,author of Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith

"Democracy in Modern Iran reflects diligent research and insiders' insights. Its convoluted style notwithstanding, it is informative and thought-provoking. Any scholar of social change, the Middle East, or of Iran will benefit from reading it."-Brigitte U. Neary,Critical Sociology

"Mirsepassi's study is a valuable contribution which questions the legitimacy of hypothetical and textual generalisations about the relationship between secularism, religion, culture, and politics." -Burak Ozcetin,Political Studies Review

About the Author

Ali Mirsepassi is Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology at New York University and author of Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran.


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Ali Mirsepassi is professor of Middle Eastern studies and sociology at Gallatin School, New York University. He was a Carnegie Scholar (2007-2009). He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals, Islam, and the West: A radical discourse in philosophical despair, Cambridge University Press, Fall 2010, Democracy in Modern Iran, NYU Press, 2010, Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran Cambridge University Press, 2000, and Ethics in Public Sphere and Truth or Democracy (published in Iran); coeditor of Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World (Syracuse University Press, 2002); and guest editor of "Beyond the Boundaries of the Old Geographies: Natives, Citizens, Exiles, and Cosmopolitans" in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), spring 2005. He was awarded the presidential award for best research of the year (Tehran 2000).

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