Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic

Ray Takeyh


Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic

Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic

  • Title: Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic
  • Author: Ray Takeyh
  • ISBN: 9780805079760
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover



A leading expert explains why we fail to understand Iran and offers a new strategy for redefining this crucial relationship For than a quarter of a century, few countries have been as resistant to American influence or understanding as Iran The United States and Iran have long eyed each other with suspicion, all too eager to jump to conclusions and slam the doA leading expert explains why we fail to understand Iran and offers a new strategy for redefining this crucial relationshipFor than a quarter of a century, few countries have been as resistant to American influence or understanding as Iran The United States and Iran have long eyed each other with suspicion, all too eager to jump to conclusions and slam the door What gets lost along the way is a sense of what is actually happening inside Iran and why it matters With a new hard line Iranian president making incendiary pronouncements and pressing for nuclear developments, the consequences of not understanding Iran have never been higher.Ray Takeyh, a leading expert on Iran s politics and history, has written a groundbreaking book that demystifies the Iranian regime and shows how the fault lines of Iran s domestic politics serve to explain its behavior In Hidden Iran, he explains why this country has so often confounded American expectations and why its outward hostility does not necessarily preclude the normalization of relations Through a clearer understanding of the competing claims of Muslim theology, republican pragmatism, and factional competition, he offers a new paradigm for managing our relations with this rising power.


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تقيه راي يراجع تاريخ ايران الحديث وعلاقتها بالقوى العالميه (امريكا روسيا فرنسا وبريطانيا )  ودول الجوار (العراق الخليج العربي سوريا ولبنان) ومواقفها المتناقضه من الكيان الصهيوني . بعد سنوات من الازمات السياسيه والثوره اصبح الحكم في ايران يعتمد مايسمى ب ولايه الفقيه و ان يقو [...]

I just get this book from my friend who often visit Kinokuniya in Suria KLCC, just finished reading chapter 1. So far I can say that this book is written in a language style that appeal to everybody, from academicians to curious layman. Here the author tries to paint a different picture of Islamic Republic of Iran as we've been traditionally perceiving as monolithic pan islamism, but he argues that actually there are many secular forces in Iranian society that play a huge influence in Iranian le [...]

Overall an insightful and well researched book that explores and connects the complex nature of Iran politics, the factions that comprise the government, their regional influence and aspirations, and the situation between the US and Iran.Takeyh's writing is dry at best, so I would not recommend this book unless you are really interested in the Middle East and politics.Also, some of the analysis is outdated, given the fast-moving nature of the situation in the Middle East.

This book analyzes Iranian domestic politics and history to provide the reader with a look at Iran as its people see it. The book challenges much of the conventional wisdom about Iran, but does provide insights not often expressed in Western treatments of the subject. I think the author may have gone overboard in trying to understand the Iranians, to the point where he underestimates their drawbacks, but it is still a unique look at a fascinating but often difficult country.

كتاب رائع عن علاقات إيران الدولية بأمريكا و الإتحاد الأوروبي و المؤسسات الدولية، و كذلك الشأن الداخلي الإيراني.ملخص الكتاب علي هيئة ملف Microsoft Word مرفوعا علي خدمة التخزين السحابي Box علي الرابط التالي: appx/s/lqe9fbcmlr342yh

As of 2015 - this book is lightly out of date due to the election of President Hassan Rouhani in 2013. The book is from 2006.While it may be 10 years old, it handily describes the internal cultural and social forces which exact pressure on Iranian Guardian Council ( enpedia/wiki/Guardian ), which nevertheless wields vast powers over lawmaking.Overall, Takeyh provides layers upon layers of context meant for Western audiences who are otherwise unfamiliar with Iranian history, culture, politics, la [...]

If the middle east interests you and you believe you need some explanation of Iran and how clerics control a society, then this is a must read. I read this book a couple of years ago and we are still doing the dance with this near rogue country. Many of the things warned about six years ago are coming to pass.

good analysis but dry writing.

This book is informational but not a barrel of laughs or bucketful of entertainment.However, if you are prepared to wade through it what will you learn.Well, not a lot actually. Iran is a country run by a corrupt religious elite that supports terrorism and believes it should be a major player in the Middle East and indeed the World. But, it's leadership are so far from suitable for such a role that it's inconceivable that Iran can join the rest of the world given there absolute stance that Israe [...]

Once again another self-declared "expert" in Iranian affairs writes a history report about the [not-so:]current Iranian question (don’t know how else to put it,) sans any analysis.The author has borrowed his material from two distinct sources:- Con IRI - the Western Media and their mouthpieces- Pro IRI - the Iranian Media and their mouthpiecesIn other words, there is nothing in this book that an average reader who’s interested in the Iranian question and has followed the storylines over-the- [...]

A good introduction to internal and external politics in Iran and, more importantly, the driving forces underlying those relationships.

من الكتب التي تشدك ببساطه طرحها وربطها بالاحداث السياسية الحالية ، كتاب ممتع لمن يهتم بالشأن السياسي ككل والشأن الايراني خصوصا .

I read this awhile ago and literally don't remember a thing. Doesn't make much of an impression I guess?

Good introduction to Iranian political history since the revolution. However, it is kind of dry and, in light of recent events in the past few months, is in need of a serious update.

Not an easy read, but great insights into the inner workings of Iranian policy.


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