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Lar opposition still believes in the Iranian republic; for them “green” represents not a revolution but a civil rights movement pushing the country inexorably toward democracy albeit a particular brand of “Islamic democracy” With witty candid and stylishly intelligent reporting Majd himself the grandson of an esteemed ayatollah in. Perhaps in 2009 you remember cheering for the Greens hoping for global peace with the vibrant youth of Iran A deeply connected sympathetic and neutral journalist tries to document the facts which is useful for international understanding but also for history Majd naturally is Fluent in Farsi and knows some of the key individuals personally Perhaps without burning his bridges he writes with a harsh honesty in the tradition of the late Rafsanjani who believed that honest appraisal was a key attribute of islamic democracy He often includes important language lessons such as death to has never meant anything than disapproval and can be said to themselves on a bad day or to inanimate objects p164In short Iran is stunted from progress and modernity by a sclerotic weakened by age and myopia conservative religious elite who they first instantiated and revered but that now depends on Basij violence and the general mild mannered patriotism of the Persian people And on lies that paint the authentic islamic opposition as some puppets of the West Lies that make me so angry in that appeals to nationalism by conservatives are poisoning the world The Basij are especially iconic and fascinating a militia over 1m men strong who are somehow empowered to enforce whatever Iran means to them I could see America s NRA wingnuts very comfortable with that insane anti democratic roleI read it also as a warning of how easily we could lose our own democracy since voting can be controlled and results fabricated even in a fully modern country And the powers that be may choose to not offer any recourse When Trump loses will his and the congress power be shed as always before Iran shows no guarantee and that a Constitution is malleable to possibly meaninglessness Iran s society is deeply split between aspirational youth and conservative elders and those elders seem to be persuading just enough of the rest of society to weaken democracy and it is totally not clear what can be said Perhaps Majd is sufficiently non influential or well connected to be ignored or being the grandson of an Ayatollah gives some protectionTrue details abound Mullah s are masters of rhetoric as he describes how Friday sermons are crafted p104 Iran has never threatened the US directly though we proxy attacked them with the Shan and with Saddam Over 100 countries support Iran s nuclear program p142 due to careful cultivation of international alliances especially with muslimless affluent in Africa and Latin America the entire leadership envisions Iran leading a new Muslim enlightenment p148 For the USA preservation of dominance over others is important 12th grade iranian public textbook p161Iran will not collapse into either Burma or Ira Persia has a coherent identity and history The Neocons in the US are being sold and muscularly yet brainlessly reselling yet another fantasy by evil Bibi Like China Iran s leaders can keep control and the population wants stability There is a forlorn pining dream that Iran could be that this young generation could have been but is it just fleeting and tragicHow deeply with modernity enter with the internet and mobile communication intentionally stunted and censored despite strong systems of education former president Khatami said in 2005 Secularism is the experience of the Western culture and thought Insisting on spreading it to places where the underlying intellectual background and the political and social reasons for its appearance are lacking is clearly a mistake regardless of being desirable or not p90 SighThis book is patient and somehow fatherly especially when writing personally about his family history releasing stories slowly interspersed with interesting side trips to topics I had never considered For example on p100 he notes that both Khatami and Katsav who simultaneously were presidents on Iran and Israel were born in the same central Iranian town of Yadz The last chapter on Iranian tolerance for other religions including especially Jews falls flat to me and leaves only two pages to mention the blatant persecution that painfully does exist of the Baha i faithThe chronological bouncing around between sections and chapters at times confused me The sections on BushAfghanistanIra are so depressingGotta say I love the last two paragraphs p270 71 We are all victims all of us Iranians and no matter on which side of the political fence we fall we understand our victimhood as well as that of our leaders And we mourn our victims like no other peoples seeking unforgiving vengeance for every wrong real and perceived and wishing death to every enemy even when the enemy is ourselves The millions of Iranians and the leaders who have braved the stern and unforgiving dictates of a regime they helped to create are looking to finally break free from what has defined their political lives and when they are successful and they will be in an Ayatollah s democracy or not there will be finally no victims The Summer House the Iranian republic; 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Ayatollah's Democracy

Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions an elaborate political culture and enormous implications for world peace Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian power elite Majd argues that despite the violence of the disputed 2009 elections a group of influential ayatollahs including a liberal almost secu. While this book moves through time according to perhaps the author s whim there is a lot here that the lay reader would not have access to in any other way Hooman Majd is an Iranian American bi lingual and connected to key players in Iranian politics He de mystifies Iran and presents it in a way that enables outsiders to understand its people and leadersHis earlier book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ The Paradox of Modern Iran draws a social portrait of Iran This new book is a political portrait Majd reveals about himself than he does in the previous volume In his youth as the child of a diplomat for the Shah s Iran he moved about internationally and saw the intrusiveness of the Shah s surveillance programThe backdrop of this book is the 2009 election which he visits and revisits with the themes that Everything is true Nothing is permittedMajd describes Iran s 4 maybe 5 branches of government He frames the election as a dramatic play and writes of events in the aftermath that the average American might not otherwise discover For instance he tells of the difficulties of a government representative attempting to explain the repression on the streets of Tehran to an audience of US based ex pats Ahmadinejad in an attempt to make himself look perhaps modern fired 3 cabinet members and attempted to replace them with womenThe book flips back in time for an informed perspective on how the regime couldwoulddid internally react to the newly elected President Obama and then flips back farther to describe modernization under the Shah There is some information on the difference between Pahlavi father and son vis a vis the clergy before rejoining the narrative of Iran s recent historyIran s international outreach program is fascinating with information that is easily accessible to those who read dry State Department documents but not the average American Majd has an interesting series of interviews with Iranian Jews again insight not readily available to most Americans As with his other book there is a lot of discussion of the man on the street and they ARE all men such as his attitudes towards the election the clergy minorities and insight into how Ahmadinejad positions himself and how he is vulnerable to the forces of internal politicsFavorable press for Majd s relative by marriage past President Khatami is sprinkled throughout be it that Khatami graciously stepped aside for Mousavi to run although he d be a weaker president than Khatami Khatami is difficult for the hard liners to control Khatami provided a widely recognized framework for civil rights for Jews etcIt s had to assign stars to something like this since the insight is rare and important The organization the use of Persian terms sometimes defined and sometimes not the lack of female voices and its general ramble give this book an air of haste I m going to give this one 4 stars and hope that Majd s next book which I will read is carefully thought out

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Troduces top level politicians and clerics as well as ordinary people even Jewish community leaders all expressing pride for their ancient heritage and fierce independence from the West In the tradition of Jon Lee Anderson’s The Fall of Baghdad The Ayatollahs’ Democracy is a powerful dispatch from a country at a historic turning point. Not as poignant or prolific as his first book but still an interesting read on Iran s version of democracy from a very well informed and meticulously researched perspective I like that Majd has the uniue perspective of having been born in Iran raised in the US worked and lived in Iran for many years including for the former president and is still a translator for the administration He really does have a uniue point of view from which to analyze Iran s political social and economic situation


10 thoughts on “Ayatollah's Democracy

  1. says:

    As in his first book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ Hooman Majd's latest effort gives Westerners a valuable look into Iranian society an

  2. says:

    While this book moves through time according to perhaps the author's whim there is a lot here that the lay reader would not have access to in any other way Hooman Majd is an Iranian American bi lingual and connected to key players in Iranian politics He de mystifies Iran and presents it in a way that enables outsiders to understand its people and leadersHis earlier book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ The Paradox of Modern Iran draws

  3. says:

    The Ayatollahs' Democracy is a good refreshingly personal yet still analytic look on Iran Hooman Majd's book draws from a number of sources including his own past as the son of an Iranian diplomat and avoids a major pitfall of political books; dullness This is partially due to the book being written as a reporter's view instead of a social scientific study but it's also due to Majd's great skill as a writer Th

  4. says:

    Perhaps in 2009 you remember cheering for the Greens hoping for global peace with the vibrant youth of Iran A deeply connected sympa

  5. says:

    I was excited for Majd's second book as I found his first The Ayatollah Begs To Differ incredibly insightful and informative While The Ayatoll

  6. says:

    Undoubtedly an excellent study of the currents of Iranian politics as they came to a head in 2009 I'm a little skeptical of Majd's insistence that ta'arouf explains much of the misunderstanding between the Islamic Republic and the U

  7. says:

    I read this in company with Kenneth Pollack's Persian Puzzle and Elaine Sciolino's Persian Mirrors The book gave me interesting insights into how reformist and conservative politicians navigate the tricky terrain of the Islamic Republic and how everyday people are forced to deal with the difficulties of an everchanging set of rulesThere's an

  8. says:

    Not as poignant or prolific as his first book but still an interesting read on Iran's version of democracy from a very well informed and meticulously researched perspective I like that Majd has the uniue perspective of having been born in Iran raised in the US worked and lived in Iran for many years including for the former president and is s

  9. says:

    So poorly written obviously it's just a bunch of writing haphazardly thrown together as no doubt you'll find in th

  10. says:

    Fairly interesting ruminations on the current state of Iranian politics Majd is obsessed with the alleged unpopularity of president Ahmadinejad which seems confined to his own elite set and is otherwise engrosse

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