University Press of America
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978-0-7618-5485-2 • Paperback • May 2011 • $41.99 • (£32.00)
Dustin J. Byrd is an assistant professor of humanities at Olivet College in Michigan. He specializes in the critical theory of religion (Frankfurt School) and Islam, and continues to work on a critical theory of Islamic modernity and revolution.
Chapter 1: Imam Khomeini's Political Biography
Chapter 2: A Theory of Prophetic Charisma
Chapter 3: Khomeini's Prophetic Charisma
Chapter 4: Charismatic Authority in the Shi'a Tradition: Allah, Muhammad, 'Ali, Twelve Imams, and the 'Ulama
Chapter 5: Khomeini and the Political Left
Chapter 6: Final Conclusions
An excellent application of the critical theory of religion in the situation of the Near East. Many have often said that the Frankfurt School is hopelessly bound to the Western world, but this book demonstrates that it can shed light on the Muslim world as well, and that it continues to be relevant for today's socio-political environment.
— Rudolf J. Siebert, Western Michigan University
In the midst of the contemporary world crisis due to the inherent class antagonisms of the current neo-liberal/neo-conservative globalization of capitalist civil society, which once again contains the geo-political 'flashpoint' of increasing tensions between the 'Western' powers of the G-8 and Iran, Byrd makes an excellent contribution to this very important and extremely relevant discourse for the sake of enlightenment and peace.
— Dr. Micahl R. Ott, professor of sociology, Grand Valley State University
The Anatomy of the Islamic Revolution in Iran is a book that should be studied in political science courses, in courses on the political history of the Middle East, Iranian history, American history, and courses on the inter-relationship of the East and West. Anatomy is also helpful for studying Soviet influence in Muslim lands and the ties between the Soviets and radical Islam. Ordinary citizens of every Western country should read this book. Anyone with any type of political interaction with Iran should read and study this book as well. All Westerners involved in diplomacy with the Muslim world, and especially Iran, should also read this book.
— Reviews in Religion & Theology