Mohammad Tabaar will discuss his new book, Religious Statecraft: The Politics of Islam in Iran (Columbia University Press, 2018), with POMEPS on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 505. This book reevaluates the relationship between religion and political actors in Iran. By examining the politics of Islam, rather than political Islam, it achieves a new understanding of Iranian politics and its ideological contradictions. Based on a micro-level analysis of postrevolutionary Iranian media and recently declassified documents as well as theological journals and political memoirs, Religious Statecraft constructs a new picture of Iranian politics in which power drives Islamist ideology.
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar is an assistant professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. He has previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Georgetown University and George Washington University. He has also been a visiting scholar at George Washington, Cambridge, Harvard and Columbia universities.
Free copies of the book will be available for students
A light lunch will be provided
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