By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Because the architect of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini continues to be probably the most inspirational and enigmatic figures of the 20 th century. The revolution put Iran on the leading edge of heart East politics and the Islamic revival. 20 years after his demise, Khomeini is respected as a religious and political figurehead in Iran and in huge swathes of the Islamic global, whereas within the West he's remembered by means of many as a dictator and the instigator of Islamist disagreement. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam brings jointly individual and rising students during this complete quantity, which covers all features of Khomeini's existence and seriously examines Khomeini the flesh presser, the thinker, and the religious chief, whereas contemplating his legacy in Iran and extra afield in different elements of the Islamic global and the West. Written by way of students from various disciplines, the publication will end up worthwhile to scholars and normal readers drawn to the existence and instances of Khomeini and the politics that he encouraged.
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Extra resources for A Critical Introduction to Khomeini
Gendered Khomeini Azadeh Kian 8. Hidden Khomeini: Mysticism and Poetry Lloyd Ridgeon 9. The Divine, the People, and the Faqih: On Khomeini’s Theory of Sovereignty Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi 10. Khomeini’s Legacy on Women’s Rights and Roles in the Islamic Republic of Iran Arzoo Osanloo 11. To Rule, or Not to Rule? An Alternative Look at the Political Life of Ayatollah Khomeini between 1960 and 1980 Sadegh Zibakalam 12. Khomeini and the Decolonization of the Political S. Sayyid 13. Contentious Legacies of the Ayatollah Babak Rahimi Further Reading Index Map and Figures Map 1.
49 At the same time, the Vali-ye faqih does not merely claim divine sovereignty on behalf of the Islamic state, for he is also bound to public accountability.
Fear nothing in your pursuit of these Islamic goals, for no power can halt this great movement. 1 Revolutionaries’ strive to establish a new order in word and deed and are not satisfied with reforms or token amendments to the state and the socio-economic system in place. To that end, Khomeini targeted history from a radical standpoint. Also always concerned with legacy, memory and method, he was aware that the revolution had to be grandiose and performed as such. ”2 Here and elsewhere, Khomeini spoke in momentous terms – world history, nobility, God, universality, heroism, Islam, greatness – these are the ingredients of his inflated discourse that were geared to the revolutionary momentum that Iranians were driving.