Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in 21st-Century Iran (2nd Edition)

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Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in 21st-Century Iran (2nd Edition)

Answering Only to God Faith and Freedom in st Century Iran nd Edition Of the many th century upheavals that continue to rattle our st century world few are as misunderstood or as stubbornly resistant to Western understanding as Iran s Islamic Revolution Now that I

  • Title: Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in 21st-Century Iran (2nd Edition)
  • Author: Geneive Abdo Jonathan Lyons
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  • Page: 443
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Of the many 20th century upheavals that continue to rattle our 21st century world, few are as misunderstood or as stubbornly resistant to Western understanding as Iran s Islamic Revolution Now, that Iran and its long time foe, the United States, appear to be mending ties, there is widespread hope that the distortions, misunderstandings, and stereotypes that formed the WesOf the many 20th century upheavals that continue to rattle our 21st century world, few are as misunderstood or as stubbornly resistant to Western understanding as Iran s Islamic Revolution Now, that Iran and its long time foe, the United States, appear to be mending ties, there is widespread hope that the distortions, misunderstandings, and stereotypes that formed the Western impression of the Islamic republic will end.For than three decades, viewing Iranian society as an incendiary, pariah state that harbors unrelenting hostility for many of its influential, pro American neighbors from Israel to Saudi Arabia has helped keep the focus on Iran as the implacable foe of U.S interests While the degree of demonization will likely subside as Iran and the West improve relations, this is unlikely to bring Westerners to a closer understanding of why the Islamic revolution happened in the first place.The difficult challenge is to develop a proper appreciation of the far fundamental role played by the vexed questions of religion and religious identity topics that readers, analysts, politicians, and academics all too often discount in favor of familiar and comfortable factors the political, the economic, and the strategic This is not only true for Iran but for Arab societies as well, which are often studied and analyzed with little attention paid to the role religion in destabilizing societies and fomenting violence The Western understanding of history, grounded in the Enlightenment with its general disdain for religion, has compounded the difficulty of analyzing and understanding those societies in contrast to our own in which religion has never been formally separated from other central aspects of social, political, and intellectual life Answering Only to God is an attempt to redress this state of affairs by focusing much needed attention on the very questions that continue to this day to animate Iran and, by extension, much of the contemporary Arab and broader Muslim world What does it mean to be a good Muslim And who gets to answer that question In the specific case of Iran, these concerns have taken on another, related aspect, chiefly, Can the Iranian Revolution deliver on its promise to create a society that is both recognizably democratic and legitimately Islamic Although it might appear that Iran s political establishment has reached a consensus on its future relationship with the West, there is no such agreement within the religious establishment There is a strong debate over to what degree Iran should remain an Islamic republic This debate will be played out in public once the aging Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei departs from the scene an event that could happen at any moment The question the religious established will be forced to answer is whether a cleric should continue to lead the state For these reasons, Answering Only to God is as important now as it was in the tumultuous years that followed the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001 for only by overcoming its tone deafness the toward very real religious debates underway inside contemporary Muslim societies, including that of the Islamic Republic, will the West ever begin to truly understand one of the most important phenomena of the twenty first century, that of political Islam.

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