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The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge (edition 2012)

by Hooman Majd

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Title:The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge
Authors:Hooman Majd
Info:Penguin (2012), Paperback, 288 pages
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Wielka polityka od kuchni. W 2009 roku tysiące Irańczyków wyszły na ulice, by zaprotestować przeciwko wynikom sfałszowanych wyborów prezydenckich. Zrodził się Zielony Ruch, który zachodni komentatorzy uznali za zalążek kolejnej irańskiej rewolucji. Hooman Majd przedstawia kulisy tych wydarzeń, pokazując, jak powierzchowne i mylne bywają zachodnie interpretacje. Z polemicznym nerwem i swadą opisuje nieznane nam aspekty irańskiej polityki, m.in. zawikłane i wcale nie tak wrogie stosunki ze Stanami Zjednoczonymi (czy Barack Hussein Obama ma szyickie korzenie?), skomplikowane relacje irańsko-żydowskie (czy matka Ahmadineżada była Żydówką?), źródła irańskiego imperializmu (gdzie Teheran ma najwięcej placówek dyplomatycznych?).

Żaden autor nie zna współczesnego Iranu lepiej niż Hooman Majd. Nikt nie umie pisać w sposób bardziej przekonujący i piękny o skomplikowanej, niekiedy nieprzeniknionej kulturze tego kraju. Demokracja ajatollahów to klucz do zrozumienia Iranu i irańskiej polityki.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393072592, Hardcover)

A New York Times best-selling author offers a personal, candid tour of the political and social landscape in Iran.

Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions, an elaborate political culture, and enormous implications for world peace. Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian power elite, Majd argues that despite the violence of the disputed 2009 elections, a group of influential ayatollahs—including a liberal, almost-secular opposition—still believes in the Iranian republic; for them, “green” represents not a revolution but a civil rights movement, pushing the country inexorably toward democracy, albeit a particular brand of “Islamic democracy.” With witty, candid, and stylishly intelligent reporting, Majd, himself the grandson of an esteemed ayatollah, introduces top-level politicians and clerics as well as ordinary people (even Jewish community leaders), all expressing pride for their ancient heritage and fierce independence from the West. In the tradition of Jon Lee Anderson’s The Fall of Baghdad, The Ayatollahs’ Democracy is a powerful dispatch from a country at a historic turning point.

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Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions, an elaborate political culture, and enormous implications for world peace. Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian power elite, Majd argues that despite the violence of the disputed 2009 elections, a group of influential ayatollahs--including a liberal, almost-secular opposition--still believes in the Iranian republic; for them, "green" represents not a revolution but a civil rights movement, pushing the country inexorably toward democracy, albeit a particular brand of "Islamic democracy." With witty, candid, and intelligent reporting, Majd, himself the grandson of an esteemed ayatollah, introduces top-level politicians and clerics as well as ordinary people (even Jewish community leaders), all expressing pride for their ancient heritage and fierce independence from the West.--From publisher description.… (more)

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