The Clergy and the Modern Middle East : Shiʿi Political Activism in Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon. / Kalantari, Mohammad.

Bloomsbury, 2020. 266 p.

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This book focuses on the interaction of clerical elite doctrines, ideologies, and regional politics, with a particular focus on how the political association of various religious elites within Shiʿi Islam has formed throughout the history and influenced political outcomes in the Middle East. While Shiʿis comprise only about ten to fifteen percent of the Muslim population, they constitute the majority in the Persian Gulf region which is at the heart of the Middle East. In order to fully understand Middle Eastern regional politics, it is therefore important to understand Shiʿi doctrines and the interaction of what appears to be differing or contradictory internal tendencies (so-called ‘quietism’ and ‘activism’) among the clerical elite, one of the key political actors in the contemporary region.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages266
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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