Work of the Fellows: Monographs

The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution

By Shaul Bakhash (NHC Fellow, 1983–84)

New York: Basic Books, 1984

From the publisher’s description:

Five years after the overthrow of the Pahlavi monarchy, Iran remains convulsed by political upheaval and embroiled in international conflict. Shock waves from the Iranian events have stirred unrest in the Middle East from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, fed Islamic revivalism elsewhere in the Islamic world, and undermined the American position in this strategic region. Meanwhile, amid all this bewildering upheaval, the revolution has given birth to the modern world's first quasi-theocratic state run by orthodox clerics according to Islamic law. This book is a riveting analysis of the Iranian revolution, its economic, religious, and social turmoil, and its international consequences.

History / Political Science / Ayatollahs / Iranian Revolution / Theocracy / Sharia / Middle East /

Bakhash, Shaul (NHC Fellow, 1983–84). The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. New York: Basic Books, 1984.