Iran's Religious Regime: What Makes It Tick? Will It Ever Run Down?

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Clerical aspiration for governance in Iran is not a phenomenon that originated with the revolution of 1978-79. It has roots that go back at least three centuries and are well established in Iranian cultural tradition. The current regime is the only fully functioning theocracy in the world at present. It has managed to stabilize its rule and is likely to persist even after the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, its current leader. Internal decay is likely to be the only source of political change in Iran for the immediate future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalThe ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes

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