Eternal Iran pp 159-162 | Cite as

Summary and Prospects

  • Patrick Clawson
  • Michael Rubin
Part of the The Middle East in Focus book series (MEF)


Iran is not just another Middle East country, nor can it be understood in the same context as its neighbors. The Iranian leadership may justify their right to rule in Islam, but the Iranian identity is much deeper. All of Iran’s neighbors gained their independence or coalesced into single entities in the twentieth century. Iranians, though, trace their roots as a single nation back centuries before Islam.


Islamic Republic Middle East Country Islamic Civilization Regime Ideologue Iranian People 
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  1. 3.
    International Crisis Group, “Iran: Where Next on the Nuclear Standoff?” Briefing, November 24, 2004, pp. 9–10Google Scholar
  2. and Vali Nasr and Ali Gheissari, “Foxes in Iran’s Henhouse,” New York Times, December 13, 2004, p. A29.Google Scholar

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  • Michael Rubin

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