World View: Iran's Struggle for Supremacy: Tehran's Obsession to Redraw the Map of the Middle East (Generational Theory Book Series)
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It's one of the best things I've read. It goes into detail both into Iran's history and Islam's rise to becoming one of the world's major religions. He's quite right in that all religions have a blood-drenched history; Islam is not unique in this regard. There are as many interpretations of the Koran as there are of the Bible.
Radical Islamists might have killed thousands of Westerners, but they've killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Anyone who does not share their ideology, which few do, is considered a valid target for mass murder. It is a major shame than reformers within the Muslim community receive little support from either side of the political spectrum, albeit for different reasons. It's other Muslims that suffer the most from this sort of silence.
As for Iran, there is a certain irony to the fact that the most anti-American government in the Middle East has the most pro-American population. The majority of the population has no personal memory of the Shah and even some of the older ones who do see the Theocratic government as even worse than what it replaced. The democracy movement has not ended, contrary to what was claimed in 2009. Protests continue today, though the media is focused on other events.
There is a tidbit of information I wish he had mentioned, however: Muhammad had 13 wives over the course of his life, but had children only with two, and only children from his first wife survived. Birth control was nonexistent in a tribal society. If you were having sex, you were having kids. It's been described as "curious" but at least to me, it could mean Muhammad did not have sex with his other wives.
One thing I do disagree with the author on is that I consider it more likely that the mullahs in Iran are more likely to a Tiananmen Square-style massacre than they are to lose power. They clearly aren't hesitate to torture, imprison, and kill anyone who disagrees with their vision. I could be wrong about this, I admit, but that's what the situation appears to be right now.
Well worth reading.
Even if you don't follow Xenakis' generational theories, you'll find a very clear history that will allow you to follow the news with a much better understanding of why that country is the way that it is.