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Author Hovsepian-Bearce, Yvette, author

Title The political ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei : out of the mouth of the supreme leader of Iran / Yvette Hovsepian-Bearce
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) ; 9
UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series ; 9
Contents Part I. Historical background : the early years -- The rise of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini : the Islamic Revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran -- The political journey of 'Ali Hosseini Khamenei during the Iranian Revolution, 1962-1979 -- The political leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei after the victory of the Islamic Revolution -- President Khamenei, 1981-1989 -- Khamenei's succession to supreme leadership -- Part II. Supreme Leader Khamenei, 1989-2014 -- Khamenei : the leader -- Khamenei : the person -- The struggle over reconstruction of Iran after Khomieni : President Hashemi Rafsanjani, 1989-1997 -- The Iranian reform era and the debate over foreign policy : President Mohammad Khatami, 1997-2005 -- Tehran Spring and the debate over the freedom of the press : President Mohammad Khatami -- Iran's nuclear era : President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2005-2013 -- The era of diplomacy : President Hassan Rouhani, 2013-2014 -- Part III. Central themes in Ayatollah Khamenei's ideology -- America -- Muslim unity -- Freedom -- Religious democracy -- Iranian youth -- Conclusion
Summary "Ayatollah 'Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most controversial and influential Muslim leaders in the world today. As Iran's main decision-maker, his theocratic ideology and decisions carry global consequences. The Political Ideology of Ayatollah 'Ali Hosseini Khamenei is the first book to identify and analyse the ideological framework of the Supreme Leader from 1962 to 2014, using his own writings, speeches and biographical records, and literature published in Iran in their original Farsi. This work provides new insight into Khamenei's political thought and behavior as well as their impact on Iran's policies domestically, regionally and internationally. Correlating the development of Khamenei's personality, character and political behaviour with Iran's internal and external struggles, this study explores key issues of the region, in particular Iran's political posture toward Israel and the United States and the diplomatic crises unfolding over Iran's nuclear development program, as well as providing a comprehensive chronological and thematic survey of Khamenei's life. This book will appeal to students, scholars, researchers and policy-makers of Middle Eastern Politics, Iranian Studies, Islamic Studies, and International Relations, and is an essential resource for those interested in understanding Iran's policies toward Israel, the United States and the Muslim world from the perspectives of its top Leader"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed July 8, 2015)
Subject Khamenei, Ali -- Quotations.
Khamenei, Ali -- Political and social views.
Heads of state -- Iran -- Biography.
Islam and politics -- Iran.
Islamic leadership -- Iran.
Political leadership -- Iran.
Iran -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy.
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1941-1979.
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997.
Iran -- Politics and government -- 1997-
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315748355 (electronic bk.)
1317605829 (electronic bk.)
9781315748351 (electronic bk.)
9781317605829 (electronic bk.)