Just as a revolutionary wave swept across the Middle East and North Africa in the early winter of 2011, and as several authoritarian Arab states began to collapse, Iranian society was marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution—known as the “Islamic Revolution”. It presently seems to be a matter of common sense that the Iranian-and-Islamic Revolution of 1979 has dramatically contributed to change traditional Islamic discourses on the relationships between Islam and state both inside Iran and beyond. While Iranian society is still struggling with the...
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