IRAN BETWEEN TWO REVOLUTIONS BY ERVAND ABRAHAMIAN PDF

Views[ edit ] In a preface to his book, Abrahamian wrote the following about his views: "a sceptic by intellectual training; a democratic socialist by political preference; and, as far as religious conviction is concerned, an agnostic on most days — on other days, an atheist. Thompson and others. What is more, he set a State Department precedent by permitting secret agents to use the embassy compound to carry out the coup. Your oversight would have amused George Orwell; it certainly would not have surprised him.

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Views[ edit ] In a preface to his book, Abrahamian wrote the following about his views: "a sceptic by intellectual training; a democratic socialist by political preference; and, as far as religious conviction is concerned, an agnostic on most days — on other days, an atheist.

Thompson and others. What is more, he set a State Department precedent by permitting secret agents to use the embassy compound to carry out the coup. Your oversight would have amused George Orwell; it certainly would not have surprised him. It is an account of the history of Iran from the Constitutional Revolution of —06 to the Islamic Revolution of — The author is well versed in the selected periods of recent Iranian history.

No one with sustained interest in Iranian politics, especially those of the left, could afford to ignore this volume. He concludes that the MEK has become a "religio-political sect" and a cult of personality, "at its most extreme," has been formed around its leader, Massoud Rajavi.

Abrahamian writes sympathetically and at times dramatically-but always as an accomplished scholar. The book consisted of five essays. He argued that Khomeinism is "best understood as a populist movement, not a religious resurgence. He noted that it is well written, but "far from well documented. It reviews interrogation tactics and prison facilities used in 20th century Iran. It was well-received by critics.

The book narrates state building of modern Iran. Khoury went as far as to describe it as "the most intelligent and perceptive history of modern Iran available in the English language. Painter opined that "Despite some problems, The Coup is a valuable corrective to previous work and an important contribution to Iranian history. He argued that the book does not provide any "major new revelations or insights and is misleading in several ways.

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