The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Iran

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Penguin, 2003 - 297 pages
The Complete Idiot's GuideR to Understanding Iran , explores the country's origins, from its long and turbulent beginnings as ancient Persia and its transformation into modern Iran. The author covers the rise of the Ayatollahs and Islamic fundamentalism; the 1979 revolution and the subsequent hostage crisis; the Iran-Iraq war; the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration; Iran's sponsorship of terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas; and how evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons program affects its relationship with the world in general - both now and in the years to come. With a younger generation now chafing under the hard-line mullahs' social repression, the situation grows more volatile each day. The Complete Idiot's GuideR to Understanding Iran will be a detailed, comprehensive, and unbiased overview of this complex but often fascinating land.
 

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The Basics
1
Why Iran Matters
3
Source of Culture and Confusion
4
Three Flashpoints
6
Nuclear Weapons
9
Internal Unrest
11
A Force to Be Reckoned With
12
Common Questions About Iran
15
The Early War
129
Stopping the Iraqi Advanceand Launching the Human Wave
130
Iraq Retreats
131
Horrific Casualties
132
Endgame
133
Iran Turns Inward
134
The Islamic Republic Meets the Real World
135
Is the Islamic Republic Really a Democracy?
136

How Big Is the Iranian Army?
17
Is Oil Important to the Iranian Economy?
18
Who Are the Kurds?
20
Who Are the Shiites and the Sunnis?
21
Is Iran a Dictatorship?
22
Common Misconceptions About Iran
23
By the Numbers Iran Today
25
The Lowdown
27
Money Money
28
Long and Turbulent History
31
Ancient Persia A Story of Three Cultures
33
A Separate People
34
Enter the Aryans
38
The Persians Take Center Stage
39
Good and Evil on the Persian Plain
40
The Heritage of Modern Iran
43
Civil War and the Rise of Darius
44
The Persian Wars
48
The Persians Keep the Lid On
50
Seleucis Takes Up the Crown from Alexander
51
The Path of the Prophet
53
Man on a Mission
54
Shiism and the Path of Imam Hussain
63
Persia Joins the Fold
65
The Prophets SoninLaw Assumes Authority
66
The Rise of the Ummayads and Their Conflict with the Prophets Family
67
A New Page in History
68
Sunni and Shia
69
From Arab Conquest to the Great Game Persia Perseveres
73
Flourishinq Under the Arabs
74
Shiism Spreads into Persia
75
Mongols Crash the Party
76
The Safavids Take Charge
77
The Qajars Take Up Where the Safavids Leave Off
79
The Shahs Watch the Great Game
81
The Western Powers Alienate the ClergyAct One
82
Iran Between the World Wars Oil and Empire
85
British Attention Shifts to Persia
86
Oil Makes Its Mark
87
DArcy Avoids a CashFlow Crisis
88
The British Set Up Shop in Tehran
89
Neutrality Compromised
90
Between the World Wars
91
The British and Russians Intervene Again
92
Iran and the Cold War
95
A Geopolitical Agenda
96
Means to an End
98
Unchallenged Authority
100
TwentySix Years of Abuse of Power
101
The Era of Ayatollahs 19792002
103
The Ascent of Fundamentalism
105
The Shah Goes on Vacation
109
The Ayatollah Returns
110
This Town Aint Big Enough for Two of Us
111
The Hostage Crisis
113
Carters Worst Call
114
A SitIn Becomes a Siege
115
What the Crisis Did for the Clerical Establishment
116
Carter Runs Out of Options
117
A Rescue Attempt Ends in Failure
118
Moving Toward an Endgame
119
Survival and Revenge
123
The ShattalArab
125
Six Not Three
137
Clerics Rule
140
What Was Going On?
142
The Reform Movement
145
Rafsanjani Bows Out
146
A Demographic Dilemma
147
A Landslidebut Not a Mandatejfkldsjglkdj
148
The Reformers Get Cut Off at the Passmvfkld sdlk gjdklf kljdfklg dfslgjdlgj g
149
Working for the Clampdownkljgkljg q
150
The Question of Women the Question of Equalitylaijfldfkg
151
Outmaneuveredbut for How Long? dkkcjdfglkdg
153
Irans Relationship with the World SDKKGJDLKGJSLKFGMSF jsdl
155
Islam and the Challenge of Modernity sdkfsd
157
What Is a Modern Society Anyway? lkfjsdlj
158
And YetLKKDSJGLSDK
160
Why the Descent?Ksj f
162
Reclaiming the Muslim RenaissanceKJ LSJ j
163
Khatamis Corner of the SkyJLJDLKJLkns
164
ChapterHL
167
Five Key Questions LHFLKOI
168
Whats the Direction?Jlk
175
Iran and Terrorist Movementsnsoiqjndlicjl
177
A Word About the SponsorJOIJNEDLKJN
179
The Rogues GalleryQOIJ
182
SanctionsUS Response to Irans Sponsorship of TerrorismLJDL
186
Is Uncle Sam a Target?NLIH
187
Iran and Weapons of Mass DestructionNLKNLWFKNLWKJH
189
A PrimerLJORFNO
190
Who Is Helping Iran?JR
193
What Would Iran Do with Nuclear Weapons?NLKFJOQJO
195
Reining in the WeaponsJOIJWLFJO
196
Will Pressure Force Iran to Peacefully Abandon Its Nukes?JO FLSJFO
198
Oilthe Economy of the Islamic Republic
201
The Shahs Economic Last GaspNLJOWFNOFJSNLDFJ
202
No Blueprint for the ClericsOOWEJNOQHFSELFNOSJ
203
Deprivation Leads to DesperationOJFLFHOAJE
208
What Happens NextOJFOEJR
211
Cracks in the Fundamentalist EdificeLKFJWEPRTJLAFIOEJ
213
The Contradiction of Sharia and Human RightsFOPIJESTLN
215
New Voices Old SongOJ
216
The Outlet Becomes the CatalystONEDLSKJFOIQNJ
217
The Debate IntensifiesLJOWQRJNL
218
Who Will Carry the Day?J O
219
Iran in the WorldJW NSOH
223
Shift from Revolutionary Ideology to Pragmatic Foreign PolicyOHN
224
Cashing In on PragmatismOINSO
228
The Russia FactorNO
229
Uncle Sam and Iran OIO
231
Rumblings of ChangeJ J
233
USlranian RelationsOE JIOEDHO
234
And Then There Was OneJOK NDOI
237
The Fruits of Raqethe Bush DoctrineNO
238
Are International Organizations Obsolete? J OCJLKM
240
IranianUS Relations in the TwentyFirst CenturyNO NOFN
243
The Ties That UnbindOIDJNLK N
244
Opposites AttractOJ ONFIOJH
248
The Clerics CallODQNCOPENOI
250
GlossaryJE NDLDNO
253
Iran TimelineIDKN
263
Dissent and OppositionE
273
Resources on IranIO
285
IndexJS OI
287
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