This study offers an interpretation of the political battles that paved the way for reform in Iran. The author argues that these conflicts did t result from a sudden ideological shift; r did the election of President Mohammad Khatami in 1997 really defy the core principles of the Islamic Revolution. To the contrary, the struggle for a more democratic Iran can be traced back to the revolution itself, and to the contradictory agendas of the revolution's founding father, Ayatollah Khomeini.
The University of Chicago Press
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Daniel Brumberg is an assistant professor of government at Georgetown University. He is the editor of Ethnicity, Pluralism, and Democracy: A Critical Reader.