Religion and Politics in Iran
Drawn from the first-hand accounts of eyewitnesses, Roy Mottahedeh's absorbing tale of Islam and Politics in revolutionary Iran is widely regarded as one of the best records of that turbulent time ever written.
This revised edition includes a new chronology detailing events in Iran from the revolution right up to the present day and Ahmadinejad's controversial regime. There is simply no better resource for understanding Iran's past, present, and future.
"Mottahedeh has drawn on a massive amount of learning, but he has got the scholarly apparatus out of the way and made his book accessible to a wide audience."
The New York Times Book Review
"He has a sharp feeling for the sensous aspects of the traditional Iranian town – the texture of bricks and tiles, the movement of breezes, the sound of the side alley, the precious burst of greenery and of trees."
The Time Literary Supplement
"A remarkable treasure."
The Wall Street Journal
"The beauty of [Mottahedeh's] book is in his ability to explain sophisticated ideas and difficult subjects in a way which is widely accessible… an extraordinary book."
London Review of Books
"One of the top 75 books of the twentieth century"
"The Mantle of the Prophet is literary, learned, and deeply felt; the writing is splendid, and the story is an education for the Western reader unaware of the powerful tides of Shi’ite and Persian thought over a period of centuries."
The New Yorker