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There Are Several Peculiar Features About Writing Any Detailed Account Of The Recent Political Events In Persia Which Make Necessary Some Slight Explanation The First Point Is That Persian Political Affairs, Fraught As They Are With Misfortune And Misery For Millions Of Innocent People, Are Conducted Very Much As A Well Staged Drama I Have Heard Some Critics Say, As An Opra Bouffe William Morgan Shuster, The Strangling Of Persia , So Hooman Majd Introduces His Story Of Iran, With Its Volatile Politics, Jostling Leaders, Global Ambitions, And Enormous Implications For World Peace What Does It Mean For The World If Green Represents Not A Revolution But A Civil Rights Movement, Pushing The Country Toward A Particular Brand Of Islamic Democracy And How Will Iran S Diversity Of Political Positions, So Often Sidelined In News Reporting, Ultimately Resolve Itself With Witty, Candid, And Stylishly Intelligent Reporting, Hooman Majd Introduces Top Level Politicians And Clerics Alongside Regular Iranians, Including Jewish Community Leaders A Personal, Candid Tour Of The Political And Social Landscape In Iran, The Ayatollahs Democracy Is A Powerful Dispatch From A Country At A Historic Turning Point


6 thoughts on “The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge

  1. says:

    Great book Perfect state.


  2. says:

    I bought this book because I was afraid of Iran and Mr Ahmadinejad I thought I had better learn Iran and the Iranian people are real live individauals to me now There are difficulties in Iran, of couirse, but I think that you will find that the difficulties are not that different from the ones that Americans have Somehow when a country has anti American sentiments, I get the feeling that they must all be crazy terrorists Mr Majd brings the Irainian people alive They become real live individuals a lot like the individuals we encounter every day I think that it is very important for people to try to understand and have respect for other cultures Thank you very much Mr Majd for bring the Iranian people to life for me.Is there anything to worry about with regard to Iran I would say yes Mr Ahmadinejad certainly does not like the west and he does not seem to have anyone s interest in mind, other than his own He does not seem to have the best relationship with the Ayatollah Fair elections appear to be a joke I do not have the fear that I had before I read the book I can see the Iranian people as real live individuals who I sincerely wish the best for, as well as the rest of us.


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    The chronology in the book bounces around a lot, sometimes in ways that don t seem to make sense However, the author s arguments are well taken and should be read by all who are thinking of ways of dealing with Iran Conservatives who demand the US confront Iran over its nuclear program often fault President Obama for not backing the Green movement As Majd makes clear, the leaders of the Green movement are just as committed to the nuclear program as the current regime and have no interest in western intervention on their behalf The author has no love for the mullahs regime, but he does make the case that Iran is kind of a democracy, if not one that the west would easily recognize He also has a chapter of Judaism in Iran, which is quite enlightening For all the rabid anti Semitism of Iran s President, there is a thriving Jewish community in Iran, which practices its religion within the same confines as other non Islamic religions in Iran.


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    American Iranian Hooman Majd is a busy traveler between East and West, apparently highly treasured in both realms He is a prolific and, admittedly, most talented author journalist writer probably sort of journalism being only one of his many talents who has been writing, as his home page tells us, for instance for Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post and, really, GC The latter indicating his downright stylishness and, well, vainness.The topic of his new book The Ayatollahs Democracy An Iranian Challenge W W Norton the Guardian Council twelve appointed jurists, six by the Supreme Leader and six by parliament, or majles , which supervises any election in Iran and qualifies any candidate the Expediency Council 28 members appointed by the Supreme Leader and charged with arbitration of any dispute between the majles and the Guardian Council , one would not change his or her strong opinion about a highly complicated, opaque, prone to corruption, well, undemocratic system neither East nor West Let him the Ayatollah beg to differ as conceded in Majd s previous book published in the fall of 2008 see my review here , but why should we accept the claim for democracy As I have pointed out previously, Hooman s frivolous nonchalance results in highly readable treatises But when it comes to the brutal crackdown of the protests and opposition movement in Iran, that attitude is going to be dangerous It puts him at the same despicable level as notorious apologists such as the Leveretts, western mouthpieces of the rogue regime in Tehran It might cost him his reputation as independent observer and valuable discussion partner of both enemy parties.The book starts with a real doozy, an Oliver Stone movie like screenplay of back and forth diary entries just before, during and after last year s June election Majd describes hopes and fears for the mounting of a Green Wave, or mowj The mowj in fact came, but Ahmadinejad won anyway The mowj even grew stronger in the election s aftermath but has been silenced by the regime It is no longer about who won and who lost It is about human rights and Democracy.It is somewhat disturbing that Majd in most parts of the book hardly mentions the escalation of the situation, especially on December 27, 2009, Ashura prisoners, their rape, torture and murdering, incarceration of journalists Show trials, unsubstantiated longtime imprisonment sentences.I would have liked reading the subtitle of Majd s book An Iranian Challenge not as it was probably meant, a challenge to the western world and its biased, Eurocentric, American conceptions of what democracy is, but as an emerging high risk for Iran for eventually losing its currently largely insufficient democratic structures after admittedly what has to be proven yet its fraudulent election last year in favor of another military dictatorship in the region In particular after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had openly endorsed his favorite candidate and granted his re election last year there is indeed little hope left for coming elections, parliamentary or presidential A re emerging Green or human rights movement seems currently unthinkable.A typical example of Majd s quite dubious style may be his description of the situation of the Jewish minority in the Shi a Islamic republic The obviously desired overall impression, I suppose, was that the 20,000 to 25,000 Jews left in Iran, have a better, if not overall standing, but living conditions after the Islamic revolution than ever However, already the title of the chapter The Good, the Bad, the Unclean hints at deeply rooted anti Semitism in unenlightened Shi a societies and the clergy I can t help but I find it cynical and, well, anti Semitic When Majd visited, for instance, a hospital in Tehran, he described a scene where Mrs Hasidim, a former midwife and one of the hospital administrators, showed him around p 231f Few Jews are there, either patients or employees, except the board of directors, with the new Jewish Member of Parliament, Dr Siamak Moreh Sedegh, being a member of the board Come, she Mrs Hasidim said, let s take a tour and then go and have lunch I followed her out the door and walked with her through the hospital, along its impeccably clean and orderly corridors and through its wards She pointedly identified the one or two Jewish patients in their beds She also whispered, as we said hello at a nurses station, that that tall one is the only Jewish nurse, or really midwife, left We took the stairs down to the basement and to an empty cafeteria, where a long table had been set up for the board of directors, who wandered in one by one The kosher kitchen, I presume I asked Mrs Hasidim Yes, she said with a smile Perhaps you might tell your Muslim staff today the grandson of an Ayatollah, a descendant of the prophet Mohammad no less, ate a kosher meal in your cafeteria, I said No, I won t do that, she said rather sternly and devoid of humor Some things, one quickly learns, are just not funny when it comes to religion Not in Iran Mrs Farangiz Hasidim, a Jew who was living and working among devout Muslims, knew that better than me Emphasis added A highly embarrassing situation, and no ta arouf At least Majd noticed it, but why did he write about it Maybe the chapter on Jewish life and oppression of Jews in Iran is the most revealing in Majd s book at least it is the most interesting It cannot be tolerated that numerical minorities are living in a constant state of uncertainty devoid of basic civil rights Majd summarizes his documented dialogues with people he met p 249f My experiences with the Jewish community in Iran were not different from other experiences the paradoxical nature of the government, the people, the culture, and the society at large is as confusing as ever, and peculiarly Persian in character Synagogues, hospitals, committees, kosher restaurants, and Hebrew schools operate freely in a Muslim theocratic state, but the government celebrates The Protocols of the Elders of Zion The president denies the Holocaust as fake and a hoax, but the Jewish member of the Parliament openly and fearlessly criticizes him Jews are completely free, but not free to support Israel Jews are equal citizens, except when they re not Iranian Jews must not travel to Israel, except when they do Iranian Israelis are not welcome back in Iran, except when they are Iranian government censors block the New York Post on the Internet, but not the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz It is almost a necessity to be Iranian to understand, and to be Iranian in order to be comfortable with Iranian life and all of its paradoxes And Iranian Jews are nothing if not Iranian No, it s not Dictatorship, by definition, allows for relative freedom and has always produced opportunists frankly taking advantage of the system Living a content life, as well established Director of the Tehran Jewish Committee Dr Rahmatollah Raffi concludes p 250 Does Majd really wants to tell us that that is typically Persian A society paradox , an Ayatollah s democracy Majd mentions faintly the fate of the 250,000 Baha is who cannot attend Universities or hold government jobs but rather are severely persecuted in Iran And who are Iranians as well, their new faith having been founded there only in the 19th century.Majd ends his account with putting even the role, past and present future , of the Revolutionary Guards, or pasdaran, into perspective No word about their heavy influence in the country s down spiraling economy or the nuclear program.From the very beginning and, by definition Shi ites are always victims Is that the whiny resume Is there any hope for the Iranians Maybe The millions of Iranians, and the leaders who have braved the stern and unforgiving dictates of a regime they helped to create, are looking to finally break free from what has defined their political lives, and when they are successful and they will be, in an Ayatollah s democracy or not there will be, finally, no victims.


  5. says:

    expected a straight forward description of the Iranian political system and less about personalities and politics however the info about their system is there


  6. says:

    Crafted with the same care as the author s The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, itself a gorgeous piece of writing, this latest book is a very valuable contribution to the level of informed debate about Iran.The Ayatollahs Democracy is less of a personal memoir than the earlier book, and a piece of engaged journalistic analysis Everywhere there are fascinating nuggets, reported encounters, insights and analysis all from the perspective of an insider, but one who communicates with great clarity to his mostly Western audience.I have been despondent about the likelihood of some sort of resolution to the Iran situation itself not just one situation , but a constellation of issues, from the nuclear beat up to human rights to support of Hezbollah and Hamas to the future world standing of the United States and other, mid level powers who do not align with America s interests.Hooman Majd still has hope for the land of his birth and for the United States He gives us reason to hold onto this hope for ourselves, and many reasons to resist the drumbeats of war.I hope that President Obama and his advisers read and ponder the meaning of this book A solution is possible a Persian solution, perhaps with much lateral thinking behind it and it is my hope that this book will help point the way towards it.