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5.0 out of 5 stars C P Slayton
It might surprise many to know that Iran had a working parliament (majles) as early as 1906. As far as Iranian history goes, this has to be one of the best overviews of Iran's last 100 years.

The book begins with the Qajar dynasty in its dying days. Iran's political borders are not what one might expect at the turn of the century. Protests that led to the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars necessary reading after "Iran between two Revolutions"
If one has read "Iran between two Revolutions", by same author, needs to read this too, since it covers the period until early 2000s.
Very good and informative, not as detailed as "Iran between two Revolutions".
But very good introduction to modern Iran for somebody who does not know much about it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C P Slayton, August 10, 2011
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It might surprise many to know that Iran had a working parliament (majles) as early as 1906. As far as Iranian history goes, this has to be one of the best overviews of Iran's last 100 years.

The book begins with the Qajar dynasty in its dying days. Iran's political borders are not what one might expect at the turn of the century. Protests that led to the 1906 revolution came from modern day Iraq, Karbala, Najaf as well as Iranian highlands around modern Tehran. When we think Iran, we think of the modern state and its boundaries, the supposed 'Persian' domination and Shi'a religiosity, Muslim extremism under Khomeini's ideas in Valayat e-Faqih (Jurist's Guardianship) an idea written about in the book called Hukumat Islami (Islamic government).

Before today's Iran there was an ebb and flow of intellectualism either suppressed or in full force guiding the will of the Iranian people. Abrahamian as an author is not pointing fingers but doesn't leave out the coups of 1941 and 1953 and the obvious self-interests of the United States, the UK and Russia. At times Iran was a pawn in the 'great game', too often to the detriment of a working parliament.

There has been a democratic flavor in Iran for over a century. The people have long-demanded it, regardless of whatever Shah or Ayatollah attempted to rule otherwise. The 1979 revolution sprang from intense oppression. Mohammad Shah, receiving large amounts of western aid, built up his country in the White Revolution. The reforms had the potential of enriching the entire nation yet sadly, the rich were heavily advantaged and the poor suppressed.

Abrahamian attempts to describe also the tension and utility that Islam has played for different governments in power. The religious seat at Qom has been as much a government ally or striking foe as it has been a religious educator. Besides the religious scholarly sector, Iran's politics have been influenced by the demands of the bazaar sector, the student sectors and the trade and craftsmen. When the majles was working, early on and just before Western instigated coups, there was healthy political, constructive debate.

Abrahamian does a great job of looking at the intertwining relationship between the economic sectors, religion, Shi'a philosophy and foreign policy to paint an easily understood picture of modern Iran. So where does one go from here? Just know that the Majles has been at the base of Iranian society for a long time.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A timely addition to our knowledege sources of Iran, September 10, 2008
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Edward Abrahamian is a man who knows his Iran. This is an addition to his previous book "Iran Between two Revolutions". The present book is well-researched and well-written book on this difficult subject. Historically speaking the grievances between the US and Iran are relatively new, just over 50 years old. It started with the deposing of Mosaddegh in a CIA coup and culminated in the Hostage Crisis. Politicians of both countries have used the incidents as a tool for justifying their own agenda. Introduction of Israel to this explosive mixture has further complicated the issue. This book is a recommended reading for those who want to familiarize themselves with the issues and would not take politicians ' word on their face value. It is a good beginning for understanding the issues before we get into an unnecessary and potentially disastrous conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Socialogy, February 6, 2013
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An excellent book which explains in great detail the levels of society in Iran in the past 100 years. It also explains the effects of foreign interest and their manipulations of the political system which caused the destruction of the entire social and economic infrastructure.
This is an easy to read book which unfortunately does not explain in detail how the foreign powers caused the present middle east problems and puts majority of the blames on politicians and monarchs of this period.
Overall, despite its shortfalls, an excellent book to read with wealth of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars necessary reading after "Iran between two Revolutions", April 22, 2014
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If one has read "Iran between two Revolutions", by same author, needs to read this too, since it covers the period until early 2000s.
Very good and informative, not as detailed as "Iran between two Revolutions".
But very good introduction to modern Iran for somebody who does not know much about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars accurate, well written and informative, December 27, 2013
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The books gives a very good overview of the modern Iran. It shows statistics and data to back up the claims made in the book and the author in my view could keep his opinions to himself and narrate the facts as they were. I would definitely recommend reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction, October 29, 2013
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An excellent introduction to modern Iran. The author manages to summarize the complicated Iranian political history into a book that is easily digestible, without falling into the trap of over simplification and vilification or adulation of certain people or movements.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward, September 7, 2013
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A great deal of straightforward, factual information about the intricate and confusing history of those years, presented with simplicity and clarity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, February 11, 2013
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I had to get this book for a class and read it without any expectations, but ended up enjoying it lot more than I had anticipated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History of Modern Iran, October 1, 2012
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Great book!

I like the way he presents his point of view concerning the history of Iran!

I'm presently using it for my MA in Middle Eastern Studies and I think that is a great tool. But I also think that it lacks the concept of women as being present in society, but overall is a great book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!, September 30, 2012
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This book gave a great review of the history of modern Iran. The author did not linger in one era longer than another. The author seemed very knowledge of the history, culture, people, philosophy, mentality and pivotal political figures and movements. I would enjoy reading another book by the same author.
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