Reinventing Khomeini: the Struggle for Reform in Iran
- List Price: $55.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press
- Publish date: 01/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226077574
- ISBN10: 0226077578
A complex figure, Khomeini was a fervent champion of Islam, but while he sought a Shi'ite vision of clerical rule under one Supreme Leader, he also strove to mesh that vision with an implicitly Western view of mass participatory politics. The intense magnetism and charisma of the ayatollah obscured this paradox. But reformers in Iran today, while rejecting his autocratic vision, are reviving the constitutional notions of government that he considered, and even casting themselves as the bearers of his legacy. In Reinventing Khomeini, Brumberg proves that the ayatollah is as much the author of modern lran as he is the symbol of its fundamentalist past.