Reconceptualizing Khomeini: The Islamic Republic of Iran and U.S. Democratization Policies in the Middle East

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Reconceptualizing Khomeini: The Islamic Republic of Iran and U.S. Democratization Policies in the Middle East

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Title: Reconceptualizing Khomeini: The Islamic Republic of Iran and U.S. Democratization Policies in the Middle East
Author: Lewis, Adam
Advisor: Wing, Susanna
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Political Science
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: In this thesis, I argue that in order to craft effective democratization policies in the greater Middle East, the U.S. must be willing to engage, even if only conditionally, with Islamist opposition groups. I assert that U.S. refusal to engage with such groups is rooted in a fundamental misunderstanding of what Iran and the Iranian revolution has come to mean to Islamist movements throughout the Muslim World. Rather than representing an attempt to reclaim a fundamentalist and idyllic vision of Islamic community that stands in opposition to the modern world, I argue that the Iranian state (and Khomeini's political project) instead represents a progressive attempt to reconcile the perceived conflict between traditional Islamic values and forces of modernity.
Subject: Khomeini, Ruhollah
Subject: United States -- Foreign relations -- Iran
Subject: United States -- Foreign relations -- Islamic countries
Subject: United States -- Foreign relations -- Middle East
Subject: Democracy -- Middle East
Subject: Iran -- Politics and government -- 1979-1997
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5454

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Lewis, Adam. "Reconceptualizing Khomeini: The Islamic Republic of Iran and U.S. Democratization Policies in the Middle East". 2010. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/5454.

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