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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
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Author
Subject
Genre
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 across the region. 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 long 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 provides 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 Guards transform from a rag-tag militia established in the midst of revolutionary upheaval into a formidable military with covert capabilities that extend far beyond Iran. 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 hold on power. The Guards have used their privileged position at home to export Iran's revolution outside its borders, establishing client armies in their image and extending Iran's strategic footprint in the process. Ostovar 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."--
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Ostovar, Afshon
Dewey number
355.3
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Sipāh-i Pāsdārān-i Inqilāb-i Islāmī (Iran)
  • Iran
  • Civil-military relations
  • Iran
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Sipāh-i Pāsdārān-i Inqilāb-i Islāmī (Iran)
  • Civil-military relations
  • Politics and government
  • Iran
Label
Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards, Afshon Ostovar
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
ocn933274172
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780199387892
Lccn
2015049055
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)933274172
Label
Vanguard of the Imam : religion, politics, and Iran's revolutionary guards, Afshon Ostovar
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-296) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
ocn933274172
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780199387892
Lccn
2015049055
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)933274172

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