Islam and democracy debate revisited
Democracy in Modern Iran: Islam, Culture, and Political Change by Ali Mirsepassi
This critique of political Islam's evolution in Iran attempts laboriously to apply Western philosophical and political perspectives to the issue, with an uncritical embrace of the opposition "Green" movement also apparent from the start. While there are useful chapters on Iranian intellectuals, the generalizations and borrowed terminologies undermine any serious exploration of Iran's part-theocratic, part-republican system.
- Kaveh L Afrasiabi (Mar 4, '11)