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Superstition as Ideology in Iranian Politics
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Introduction; Part I. Politicizing Occult Islam: 1. Ahmadinejad: a touch of light; 2. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's supernatural Shi'ism; 3. Shah Esma'il Safavi: the quintessentially occult Shi'i king; Part II. Popular Shi'ism: Majlesism: 4. Milieu, childhood, sanctity and fame; 5. From conceptualization to officialization of a religio-political ideology; 6. Deficiency and defectiveness of the human mind; 7. Society needs the leadership of jurists and/or kings; 8. Superstitious education: fogging minds, fostering resignation; 9. Reconfigurating the necessities of belief: articulating a state religion; 10. Majlesism as an ideology; Conclusion.

Introduction; Part I. Politicizing Occult Islam: 1. Ahmadinejad: a touch of light; 2. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi's supernatural Shi'ism; 3. Shah Esma'il Safavi: the quintessentially occult Shi'i king; Part II. Popular Shi'ism: Majlesism: 4. Milieu, childhood, sanctity and fame; 5. From conceptualization to officialization of a religio-political ideology; 6. Deficiency and defectiveness of the human mind; 7. Society needs the leadership of jurists and/or kings; 8. Superstitious education: fogging minds, fostering resignation; 9. Reconfigurating the necessities of belief: articulating a state religion; 10. Majlesism as an ideology; Conclusion.

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Examines the endurance and influence of mystical beliefs on political strategy in Iran from the Safavid dynasty to the present.

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Ali Rahnema is Professor of Economics and Director of the Master of Arts program in Middle East and Islamic Studies at The American University of Paris. His many publications include An Islamic Utopian: A Political Biography of Ali Shariati (1998, 2000), Pioneers of Islamic Revival (1994, 2006), Islamic Economic Systems (with Farhad Nomani, 1994) and The Secular Miracle: Religion, Politics, and Economic Policy in Iran (with Farhad Nomani, 1990).

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'An important book.' The Times Literary Supplement

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