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Shia Islam and Politics: Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon

08 October, 2020 10:09
Shia Islam and Politics: Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon

By Jon Armajani

Publisher: Lexington Books

Publication Date: May 20, 2020

This book argues that ever since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, which established a Shia Islamic government in Iran, that country’s religious and political leaders have used Shia Islam as a crucial way of expanding Iran’s objectives in the Middle East and beyond. Since 1979, Iran’s religious and political leaders have been concerned about Iran’s security in the face of the hostility and expansionism of the United States and other western countries, and the threats from powerful neighboring Sunni leaders and countries. While Iran’s government has attempted to align itself with Shia Muslims in various countries, such as Iraq and Lebanon, against American and Sunni expansionism, the Iranian government has attempted to religiously nourish and politically mobilize those Shias as a matter of principle, not only because of the Iranian government’s desires to protect Iran from external threats. The book analyzes Shia Islam and politics in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon which have among the largest proportional Shia populations in the Middle East and are vibrant centers of Shia intellectual life.

Jon Armajani is professor in the peace studies department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and is the author of Modern Islamist Movements: History, Religion, and Politics.

Source: Rowman & Littlefield

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