Summary of The Islamic Republic and the World

Global Dimensions of the Iranian Revolution

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The Islamic Republic and the World book summary
Find out how Iran became the world’s pariah state and what forces are shaping its current political positions.


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Author Maryam Panah’s challenging book explains the history that shaped Iran’s pivotal Islamic Revolution in the context of dueling economic philosophies. The text began as her Ph.D. thesis at the London School of Economics, which may explain the challenging long sentences and the academic jargon. At times, this style makes the book dense and frustrating, since it covers such a compelling topic. However, readers will learn a great deal from the sections explaining each chapter’s major concepts. Panah knowingly recounts events primarily for scholars interested in the internal, theoretical structures and philosophies at work, however, she does not suggest ways for Iran to leave its isolationist status, temper its polemics and rejoin the world community. getAbstract recommends this book as an important, even if at times arduous, background text on Iran. Scholars of the revolution will find it illuminating, and those concerned about Iran’s role in global politics, from its status in the Middle East to its nuclear ambitions, also will be intrigued.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What historical and political factors fomented Iran’s Islamic Revolution;
  • How it continues to have international impact; and
  • How to approach understanding the governance, philosophies and future ambitions of postrevolutionary Iran.


Challenging the World
To understand Iran’s Revolution, you need to know some of its history and how its social organization differs from Western cultures which are based on the capitalist model. The West determines social relationships based on economic, not political, considerations. ...
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About the Author

After reading politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, Maryam Panah, a native Iranian, completed her doctoral thesis at the London School of Economics. She works in international development.

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