£18.99 | $34.95
26 August 2010
216mm x 138mm
International Relations, Middle East, Politics
A Religious-Political State and Society in its Region
There is a saying in Arabic, me and my brother against my cousin, and me and my cousin against the outsider
Iran's Influence is the first comprehensive analysis of the role that Iran plays both in Middle Eastern and global politics. Expert Iranian author Elaheh Rostami Povey provides a much-needed account of one of the Middle East's most controversial and mis-understood countries. Based on several years of original research carried out in Iran and across the Middle East, this insighful guide presents not only a fascinating introduction to the country, but also essential new ideas to help the reader understand the Middle East.
' This is a sharp, judicious, caring, and competent scholar activist who has consistently crossed borders to carve new territories of perception and responsibility.' - Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University, New York
'As the crisis between Iran and the USA intensifies, Elaheh Rostami Povey's new book makes essential reading. Its vivid accounts of the Islamic republic's relations with key countries across the Middle East offers us the chance to understand the region in a new way. In contrast to the crude caricatures in the Western media, Rostami Povey shows us, in all it complex reality, how the people of Iran and the Arab world themselves understand and make sense of their own situation.' - Dr Stephanie Cronin, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
'Elaheh Rostami-Povey ‘s well researched and powerfully argued study is an insightful exploration of sensitive issues - ones that we usually only encounter in media sound bites. This work challenges much of the current discourse on the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Western media. It places evolving Iranian foreign and regional policies since 1979 in their proper historical and intellectual context. It combines new scholarship on the popular perception in the Arab street of Iran’s foreign policies with an engaging style and makes an important contribution to our knowledge on regional dimensions of the Palestine-Israel conflict.' - Professor Nur Masalha
'Elaheh Rostami-Povey has written an unusual book: it discusses geopolitics and regional intra-state relations, yet it does so with an eye to the ways in which the peoples of the region view these relations; it generously gives space and room for the voices of the people in Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Tehran, and Ramallah to be heard, but it does so critically if sympathetically; it is supremely sensitive to the concerns and suffering of ordinary people of the Middle East, but it situates the everyday in a broader historical narrative which does not lose sight of transnational power structures. In short, this book provides a clear-eyed, fascinating, and politically committed rebuttal to so much of the vacuous mainstream punditry about Iran's position and actions in the region.' - Laleh Khalili, SOAS
'This book provides a clear and concise overview of the recent history of Iran in terms of religion, national and international politics and internal alliances, divisions and oppositional movements. The work is well researched by someone who is familiar with the country and its people and knows the politics intimately; the material is presented clearly and is comprehensive and well argued. If you could read only one book on Iran, then surely this would be the one' - Professor the Baroness Afshar OBE, AcSS, University of York
'A fascinating contribution to the debate. Rostami-Povey's extensive interviews in the region sheds valuable light on the continuing appeal of Iran on the Arab street, its causes, consequences and implications.' - Ali M Ansari, Professor of Iranian History, St. Andrew's University
'A fascinating study of the evolution of the Islamic Republican regime in Iran, of its complex and increasingly conflictual relationship with popular and social movements, and of its impact on the wider Middle East. This fine product of Elaheh Rostami-Povey's critical scholarship is essential reading for anyone who refuses to settle for mythological and demonizing representations of post-revolutionary Iran.' - Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies, King's College London
Table of Contents
1. The Legacy of a Revolution
2. The Reformers, The Conservatives and the Struggle for Democracy
3. The role of clergy in Iran
4. Religio-Political relationship between Iran, Lebanon and Hezbollah
5. Religio-political relationship between Iran and Iraq
6. Religio-political relationship between, Iran, Palestine and Hamas
7. Religio-political relationship between, Iran, and Egypt
8. Conclusion: The global context of the Iranian religio-political state
About the Author:
Elaheh Rostami-Povey is a writer and researcher. She is affiliated to the London Middle East Institute and Centre for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on Iran, Afghanistan and the Middle East, in particular on gender issues in Iran and Afghanistan. She is the author of Afghan Women, Identity and Invasion, 2007 and Women, Work and Islamism, Ideology and Resistance in Iran,1999 published under her pen name, Maryam Poya. Both books have been translated widely.
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