Clerical Oligarchy and the Question of "Democracy" in Iran

Authors

  • Haideh Moghissi
  • Saeed Rahnema

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-052-10-2001-03_3

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Abstract

For more than twenty years the Islamic regime in Iran, along with its extensive repressive apparatuses, has created an impressive array of ideological and economic mechanisms of control to construct an Islamified civil society and build consensus for the establishment of a theocratic state. Through massive propaganda and the manipulation of religious beliefs the Islamic ruling bloc has succeeded in maintaining its monopoly of power against all external and internal odds. Political repression eliminated, jailed, and exiled the progressive secular forces that had initiated the revolution in 1979. Ideological indoctrination maintained a strong following for the clerical regime.

Published

2001-03-03

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