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Jon Armajani is professor in the peace studies department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and is the author of Modern Islamist Movements: History, Religion, and Politics.
AcknowledgmentsPreface Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Iran during the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties Chapter 3: Iran’s Islamic Revolution and Its Aftermath Chapter 4: Iraq from the End of World War I to 1990 Chapter 5: Iraq from 1990 and Beyond Chapter 6: Lebanon Chapter 7: Future Prospects - Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and the United States BibliographyIndexAbout the Author
This clear and accessible book presents historical, intellectual, political, and religious contexts for understanding Shia Islam and modern politics in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and beyond. Its comparative approach, comprehensive scope, and compelling insights make it enormously useful for students, scholars, and general readers.
— Berge Traboulsi, Haigazian University
Jon Armajani provides an accessible, balanced, and substantial treatment of the much touted but little understood “Shia Crescent.” Writing for informed, curious, non-specialists, Armajani presents a dispassionate political history which is no small feat when his subject matter includes the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the US wars in Iraq. He addresses a primarily American audience without privileging an American perspective. The power of this book is in compelling us to see that there is always a backstory; and that the fortunes of these three countries throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, up to and including the most recent wave of popular demonstrations during Fall 2019, can only be understood in the light of that story.
— Heather Keaney, Westmont College
This is a remarkably tight and well structured book that clearly articulates the historical and contemporary significance of Shi'ism in the modern Middle East. It is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the interplay of religion and politics in the region, and especially the ways that Iran has grown its influence over the past century.
— Nancy L. Stockdale, University of North Texas