Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's by Afshon Ostovar

By Afshon Ostovar

This paintings is set the Islamic innovative Guards Corps (IRGC) and its ascent to develop into some of the most bold entities in Iran and the center East. It follows the association from its start in the middle of the 1979 revolution throughout the succeeding many years of the Islamic Republic's maturation.

summary: This paintings is ready the Islamic innovative Guards Corps (IRGC) and its ascent to turn into some of the most ambitious entities in Iran and the center East. It follows the association from its delivery in the course of the 1979 revolution during the succeeding many years of the Islamic Republic's maturation

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62 Most clergy, however, considered Shariati dangerous to Islam and a Marxist in disguise. , anti-​clerical) tendencies. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, noted contemporary filmmaker and a teenage activist during this period, relates how he was inspired by a local mosque preacher to confront and perhaps assassinate Shariati: And so, it was around this time that Shari’ati was coming to be known. We were already beginning to think more seriously about armed resistance, and so when this person Shari’ati came along and was starting to undermine Shiite causes, it seemed crucial to find him.

In winter the earth flooded and became a flat, perspiring lake. The mud in town was knee-​deep. … When the rains subsided, clouds of nipping, small-​winged flies rose from the stagnant waters to fill the nostrils, collecting in black mounds … and jamming the fans at the refinery. … Summer was worse. … The heat was horrid, the worst I’ve ever known—​sticky and unrelenting—​ while the wind and sandstorms whipped off the desert hot as a blower. The dwellings in Kaghazabad, cobbled from rusted oil drums hammered flat, turned into sweltering ovens.

To ground the study, the book begins with a brief overview of Shiite Islam and the Islamic movement in Iran. Shiism is a central facet of the IRGC. It animates its identity, legitimizes its beliefs, and facilities many of its relationships outside of Iran. In order to understand the place and function of religion in the organization, it is important to first be familiar with some of the foundational moments in Shiite history and how the tradition developed in Iran through the 1979 revolution. The second chapter begins by tracing some of the central events in Shiism’s early history.

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