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Roots of the Islamic Revolution in Iran
In the summer of 1979, at a time when the viability of the Islamic Republic of Iran was being widely questioned in the Western media and the historical background of the revolution that had led to its establishment was largely unknown, Hamid Algar delivered four lectures on the Islamic Revolution at the Muslim Institute in London. In clear and concise fashion, he examined ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published December 28th 2001 by Islamic Publications International
(first published January 1st 1980)
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We can see an author/speaker who is so fascinated by Imam Khomeini and the Islamic revolution here. While Hamid Algar offers an incisive analysis it is nevertheless highly biased. He gives overly simplistic narrative at some places. Any critique against Imam Khomeini and the revolution is discounted as SAVAK/US/leftist propaganda. The chapter on Shariati is an illuminating one , especially the observations on the criticism about the 'islamicity' of Shariati's project and his role in the revoluti ...more
Hamid Algar began his studies of Arabic, Persian and Islamic Civilzation at Cambridge in 1959. After graduating, he spent a lengthy and fruitful period of travel in Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan before returning to Cambridge in 1963 and completing his doctorate there two years later. He has been teaching in the Department of Near Eastern Studies since 1965, providing a wide range of instruction in ...more
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