Political Islam

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Abstract

One of the most repeated slogans of the 1979 Iranian revolution was ‘neither East nor West, [only] an Islamic Republic.’ For others, the adoption of religious symbols such as veiling (hijab, niqab) was an alternative and highly visible statement of protest against the US-backed Iranian Shah (king). The revolution’s rejection of Western models in favour of an Islamic republic – led by Ruhollah Mustafavi Khomeini who would later dominate the post-revolutionary government and hold the position of Iranian Grand Ayatollah – led to Western fears of a Green Peril rising in the East. Unlike Arab nationalists who sought simply to redraw existing state borders, the Islamic Republic and its Muslim sympathizers were considered to represent a dangerous and unprecedented pan-Islamic political movement
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIssues in International Relations
EditorsTrevor Salmon, Mark Imber
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherRoutledge
Pages218-234
Number of pages17
Edition2
ISBN (Print)0415431271, 978-0415431279
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Islam
  • Middle East
  • Political Islam

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