Iran pp 220-243 | Cite as

The Iranian Theocracy

  • Haleh Afshar

Abstract

The 1977 revolution in Iran was based on a widespread opposition to the Shah rather than in a chiliastic attempt to reach an Islamic Utopia. The loose alliance formed by reformists, Muslim radicals and Marxists used the Islamic medium to advocate their cause. The contradictory Islamic slogans bandied about during the revolution reflected the diversity of this uneasy alliance and its support amongst the merchants, the slum-dwellers and the urban middle and working classes. The revolution guaranteed to respect the sanctity of private property and provide a welfare state. In the event the Islamic government has failed to do either and as a result has lost much of its popular support. The absence of a coherent socio-economic policy, the continual power struggle and the substantial flight of capital have all contributed to the deterioration of the national economy and rapid underdevelopment in Iran.

Keywords

Sugar Economic Crisis Income Expense Iraq 

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