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The Resource Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards, Afshon Ostovar

Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards, Afshon Ostovar

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Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards
Title
Vanguard of the Imam
Title remainder
religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards
Statement of responsibility
Afshon Ostovar
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Iran's Revolutionary Guards are one of the most important forces in the Middle East today. As the appointed defender of Iran's revolution, the Guards have evolved into a pillar of the Islamic Republic and the spearhead of its influence. Their sway has spread across the Middle East, where the Guards have overseen loyalist support to Bashar al-Assad in Syria and been a staunch backer in Iraq's war against ISIS-bringing its own troops, Lebanon's Hezbollah, and Shiite militias to the fight. Links to terrorism, human rights abuses, and the suppression of popular democracy have shrouded the Revolutionary Guards in controversy. In spite of their prominence, the Guards remain poorly understood to outside observers. In Vanguard of the Imam, Afshon Ostovar has written the first comprehensive history of the organization. Situating the rise of the Guards in the larger contexts of Shiite Islam, modern Iranian history, and international affairs, Ostovar takes a multifaceted approach in demystifying the organization and detailing its evolution since 1979. Politics, power, and religion collide in this story, wherein the Revolutionary Guards transform from a rag-tag militia established in the midst of revolutionary upheaval into a military and covert force with a global reach. The Guards have been fundamental to the success of the Islamic revolution. The symbiotic relationship between them and Iran's clerical rulers underpins the regime's nearly unshakeable system of power. The Guards have used their privileged position at home to export Iran's revolution beyond its borders, establishing client armies in their image and extending Iran's strategic footprint in the process. Ostovar tenaciously documents the Guards' transformation into a power-player and explores why the group matters now more than ever to regional and global affairs. The book simultaneously serves as a history of modern Iran, and provides a crucial and engrossing entryway into the complex world of war, politics, and identity in the Middle East."--
  • "Iran's Revolutionary Guards are one of the most important forces in the Middle East today, but remain poorly understood to outside observers. In Vanguard of the Imam, Afshon Ostovar has written the first comprehensive history of the organization. Situating the rise of the Guards in the contexts of Shiite Islam, Iranian history, and international affairs, Ostovar takes a multifaceted approach in demystifying the organization and detailing its evolution since 1979. The book documents the Guards transformation into a power-player and explores why the group matters now more than ever to regional and global affairs. It is simultaneously a history of modern Iran, and an engrossing entryway into the complex world of war, politics, and identity in the Middle East"--
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Ostovar, Afshon,
Dewey number
355.3
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Sipāh-i Pāsdārān-i Inqilāb-i Islāmī (Iran)
  • Iran
  • Civil-military relations
  • Iran
Label
Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards, Afshon Ostovar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- Brief Overview of the IRGC -- Conceptualizing the IRGC -- Pro-clerical Activism -- Primacy of the Leader -- Conflict and state formation -- Chapters and Questions -- 2. From Ali to Khomeini -- The Formation of Shiite Islam -- Rise of the Clergy -- The Islamic Movement -- Revolutionary Ideology -- 3. Vanguard of the Imam -- Enter the Vanguard -- Roots and Radicals -- Khomeini Über Alles -- One System to Rule Them All -- 4. The Imposed War -- Invasion -- A Stymied War Effort -- Death of the opposition -- The Islamic Republic Strikes Back -- 5. The Long War -- The International Dimension -- Running into Walls -- In the Path of the Divine -- A Fleeting Taste of Victory -- The Bitter End -- 6. Exporting the Revolution -- Revolutionary Internationalism -- A Conservative Turn -- Onward to Jerusalem -- The Revolution Comes to Lebanon -- Fall of the Radicals -- 7. Warriors of Karbala -- The Islamic Model Army -- Power of the Pen -- Wartime Cultural Activism -- Visual Identity -- Iconology of the Self -- Warriors of Karbala -- 8. When Johnny Comes Marching Home -- Postwar Reconstruction under Rafsanjani -- Propagating Virtue, Prohibiting Vice -- Taking Back the Revolution -- 9. The War on Terror -- Axis of Evil -- Electing Ahmadinejad -- An Iran Ascendant -- The Specter of War -- 10. Big Bang, Big Crunch -- "Death to the Dictator!" -- The Soft War -- Springtime -- The Instruments of Coercion -- Knives Out -- 11. In Defense of the Family of the Prophet -- In Defense of Sayyida Zaynab -- A Return to Karbala -- 12. Epilogue -- 13. Conclusion
Control code
ocn935495314
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 306 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780190491727
Lccn
2016002422
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)935495314
Label
Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards, Afshon Ostovar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
1. Introduction -- Brief Overview of the IRGC -- Conceptualizing the IRGC -- Pro-clerical Activism -- Primacy of the Leader -- Conflict and state formation -- Chapters and Questions -- 2. From Ali to Khomeini -- The Formation of Shiite Islam -- Rise of the Clergy -- The Islamic Movement -- Revolutionary Ideology -- 3. Vanguard of the Imam -- Enter the Vanguard -- Roots and Radicals -- Khomeini Über Alles -- One System to Rule Them All -- 4. The Imposed War -- Invasion -- A Stymied War Effort -- Death of the opposition -- The Islamic Republic Strikes Back -- 5. The Long War -- The International Dimension -- Running into Walls -- In the Path of the Divine -- A Fleeting Taste of Victory -- The Bitter End -- 6. Exporting the Revolution -- Revolutionary Internationalism -- A Conservative Turn -- Onward to Jerusalem -- The Revolution Comes to Lebanon -- Fall of the Radicals -- 7. Warriors of Karbala -- The Islamic Model Army -- Power of the Pen -- Wartime Cultural Activism -- Visual Identity -- Iconology of the Self -- Warriors of Karbala -- 8. When Johnny Comes Marching Home -- Postwar Reconstruction under Rafsanjani -- Propagating Virtue, Prohibiting Vice -- Taking Back the Revolution -- 9. The War on Terror -- Axis of Evil -- Electing Ahmadinejad -- An Iran Ascendant -- The Specter of War -- 10. Big Bang, Big Crunch -- "Death to the Dictator!" -- The Soft War -- Springtime -- The Instruments of Coercion -- Knives Out -- 11. In Defense of the Family of the Prophet -- In Defense of Sayyida Zaynab -- A Return to Karbala -- 12. Epilogue -- 13. Conclusion
Control code
ocn935495314
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 306 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780190491727
Lccn
2016002422
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)935495314

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