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Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform

Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari is a former revolutionary and clerical reformer who became one of the Islamic Republic’s most outspoken critics. His ideas of “Islamic democratic government” have attracted considerable attention in Iran and elsewhere. In presenting a selection of Eshkevari’s writings, this book reveals a trajectory of dissent common to all Islamic nations today and makes a highly original contribution to our understanding of the difficult social and political issues confronting the Muslim world.

Review

‘Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari is among the increasing number of progressive clerics pushing for reform in the Islamic system.’ -Le Monde ‘A scholarly contribution of outstanding merit.’ -Professor Ann Elizabeth Mayer, University of Pennsylvania ‘The publication of this book is very important and timely.’ -Professor Dr. Nasr Abu Zayd, Leiden University ‘If one has time to read only one book on how to interpret the language of contemporary religious politics in Iran, this is it.’ -Professor Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth CollegeASIAN AFFAIRSAnyone interested in post-revolutionary Iran will find this an absorbing book. Christopher Rundle

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