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Khomeini’s Rule

Nikki Keddie, 7 March 1985

The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution 
by Shaul Bakhash.
Tauris, 282 pp., £13.95, January 1985, 1 85043 003 9
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The State and Revolution in Iran: 1962-1982 
by Hossein Bashiriyeh.
Croom Helm, 203 pp., £16.95, April 1983, 0 7099 3214 6
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... gains of the revolution are maintained. Both books under review, Bashiriyeh’s explicitly and Bakhash’s implicitly, present the Iranian revolution as fitting into this general pattern – a pattern discerned by Brinton in the French, American and Russian revolutions, but which is also largely applicable to the English Civil War, for example, or the ...

Irangate

Edward Said, 7 May 1987

The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey 
by Salman Rushdie.
Picador, 171 pp., £2.95, January 1987, 0 330 29990 5
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Turning the Tide: US Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace 
by Noam Chomsky.
Pluto, 298 pp., £5.95, September 1986, 0 7453 0184 3
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... In an article on the present crisis that appeared in the New York Review of Books (15 January) Shaul Bakhash reported on the increased presence in Teheran of power centres, all of them vying for authority and for better positions in the coming battle for the succession. If we add to this the boasts that have emanated from Israel (Uri Lubrani, the man ...

God’s Medium

Sam Miller, 3 April 1986

The Mantle of the Prophet 
by Roy Mottahedeh.
Chatto, 416 pp., £12.95, January 1986, 0 7011 3035 0
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... amid reams of fact and fancy have come excellent books by two other American-Iranian academics: Shaul Bakhash’s The Reign of the Ayatollahs and Ervand Abrahamian’s Iran between Two Revolutions.* The three books are very different from one another and have different ostensible areas of study, but they are grappling with similar problems of ...

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