Abstract

Abstract:

The Islamic Republic of Iran is confronted with an unprecedented legitimacy crisis. This article, highlighting the heterodox character of Iran's theocratic ideology, stresses the tectonic social and cultural changes that have resulted in society's estrangement from the state over the past forty years in a reaction against this ideology. The nature and depth of these social and cultural changes point to a historic process that is taking Iran toward becoming the first Muslim-majority society to weave into its spiritual, social, and intellectual fabric the principled separation of religion and the state characteristic of the liberal-democratic worldview.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 169-181
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-13
Open Access
No
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