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Description - Religion and War in Revolutionary Iran by Saskia Gieling

How did Iran's clergy justify their country's devastating eight-year war with Iraq? Seeking to rationalize Iran's war in Islamic theological terms, this study examines Iran's conduct up until the cease-fire and acceptance of Resolution 598 in 1988. The author offers an explanation of each policy and action of Iran's clerical leaders with reference to the Qur'an, theological writings and tradition, and Islamic historical precedent. The concepts of nationalism and the Islamic nation-state, pan-Islamism and international relations are all discussed in the context of Iran's policy of total war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860644078
ISBN-10: 1860644074
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Publish Date: 31-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Saskia Gieling

Saskia Gieling studied Arabic at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. She has done extensive research in Iran and Israel.