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In the summer of 1979, at a time when the viability of the Islamic Republic of Iran was being widely questioned in the Western media and the historical background of the revolution that had led to its establishment was largely unknown, Hamid Algar delivered four lectures on the Islamic Revolution at the Muslim Institute in London. In clear and concise fashion, he examined In the summer of 1979, at a time when the viability of the Islamic Republic of Iran was being widely questioned in the Western media and the historical background of the revolution that had led to its establishment was largely unknown, Hamid Algar delivered four lectures on the Islamic Revolution at the Muslim Institute in London. In clear and concise fashion, he examined the historical links between Iran and Shi'a Islam; the life and personality of Imam Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution; the career and ideas of Ali Shari'ati, "religious intellectual;" and the course of the events that in little more than a year led to the overthrow of one of the most deeply entrenched dictatorships in the Muslim world. Now reissued in substantially revised form, the text of these lectures remains a useful introduction to the revolution, arguably the most important event in modern Muslim history. New translations made by the author from the writings of Imam Khomeini and Ali Shari'ati enhance the utility of the work.


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In the summer of 1979, at a time when the viability of the Islamic Republic of Iran was being widely questioned in the Western media and the historical background of the revolution that had led to its establishment was largely unknown, Hamid Algar delivered four lectures on the Islamic Revolution at the Muslim Institute in London. In clear and concise fashion, he examined In the summer of 1979, at a time when the viability of the Islamic Republic of Iran was being widely questioned in the Western media and the historical background of the revolution that had led to its establishment was largely unknown, Hamid Algar delivered four lectures on the Islamic Revolution at the Muslim Institute in London. In clear and concise fashion, he examined the historical links between Iran and Shi'a Islam; the life and personality of Imam Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution; the career and ideas of Ali Shari'ati, "religious intellectual;" and the course of the events that in little more than a year led to the overthrow of one of the most deeply entrenched dictatorships in the Muslim world. Now reissued in substantially revised form, the text of these lectures remains a useful introduction to the revolution, arguably the most important event in modern Muslim history. New translations made by the author from the writings of Imam Khomeini and Ali Shari'ati enhance the utility of the work.

35 review for Roots of the Islamic Revolution in Iran

  1. 5 out of 5

    Saleem Sulfikhar

    We can see an author/speaker who is so fascinated by Imam Khomeini and the Islamic revolution here. While Hamid Algar offers an incisive analysis it is nevertheless highly biased. He gives overly simplistic narrative at some places. Any critique against Imam Khomeini and the revolution is discounted as SAVAK/US/leftist propaganda. The chapter on Shariati is an illuminating one , especially the observations on the criticism about the 'islamicity' of Shariati's project and his role in the revoluti We can see an author/speaker who is so fascinated by Imam Khomeini and the Islamic revolution here. While Hamid Algar offers an incisive analysis it is nevertheless highly biased. He gives overly simplistic narrative at some places. Any critique against Imam Khomeini and the revolution is discounted as SAVAK/US/leftist propaganda. The chapter on Shariati is an illuminating one , especially the observations on the criticism about the 'islamicity' of Shariati's project and his role in the revolution as complimentary to that of Khomeini's. Some comments made by Kalim Siddiqui in the discussion part seems to be his own fantasies rather than any observation grounded on reality!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ali علی

    I read this a long time ago, but I do remember liking it. Very clear and incisive.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mohamad Nasrin Nasir

    Not as good as the original English language version.

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