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The Eternal Revolution: Hardliners and Conservatives in Iran

The Eternal Revolution: Hardliners and Conservatives in Iran
Hamad Albloshi

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More than three decades have passed since the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. In that time, theories of modern revolution would suggest a retreat from ideological goals, heralding a phase of institutional development. However, Hamad Albloshi argues that Iran is unique: the current rhetoric of conservative Iranian leaders implies the regime has not left its revolutionary stage. Through an examination of the hardline conservative ideology in Iran-personified by the former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad-this book explores how the usual development seen in revolutions from radical discourse to pragmatic rhetoric has not been the case in Iran. Albloshi explores the evolution of the hardline conservatives and their main ideas about the nature of the Iranian regime, their position toward other groups within the system, and their approach to the international community. By doing so, he sheds new light on the group's position in the country and the ideological roots of major shifts that occurred in Iran's internal and external policies in the period between 2005 and 2013.

Author Info

Hamad Albloshi is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at the Kuwait University. He is an expert in Iranian history and politics. He holds a PhD. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781784535421
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2016
Number of Pages: 240
Height: 216
Width: 138

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