Religious backlash loosens clerics’ grip on legacy of 1979 Iranian Revolution

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With Iran’s ruling clergy already preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, it may be too late to question whether or not the revolution was in fact Islamic.

  • Naser Ghobadzadeh
  • The Conversation

What we can do, at least, is explore the revolution’s degree of Islamicness.

In Iran, like elsewhere in the world, often competing utopian political visions shaped the political landscape of the previous century.

Kutu 9iMarxism, nationalism and liberalism all played important roles in the 1979 revolution.

Yet it was later branded “Islamic” with such insistence that this eventually became its sole adjective.

Most Iranians were religious, which positioned the clergy far ahead of…

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