The Journal for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies

Shia Phoenix: Is Iran’s Islamic Republic a Variety of Political Religion?

Shia Phoenix: Is Iran’s Islamic Republic a Variety of Political Religion?

  • Eliot Assoudeh

Abstract

This study focuses on post-revolutionary Iran. The Islamic Republic might initially appear to involve a religious cosmology cognate to the term ‘politicized religion’ – a political use of religion. However, the more complex arrangement of secular and metaphysical politics, as identified in this research, provides context to evaluate the case of the Islamic Republic in the framework of a ‘political religion.’ In particular, this study explores the Iranian regime’s sacralization of politics, its employment of charismatic leadership, and its efforts to create a ‘new man.’

Keywords

  • Political Religion
  • Fascism
  • Islamism
  • Cultural Revolution
  • Charismatic Leadership
  • Sacralization of Politics
  • New Man
  • Shia Politics
  • Iran
  • Islamic Republic

To cite this article: Eliot Assoudeh, “Shia Phoenix: Is Iran’s Islamic Republic a Variety of Political Religion?“, The Journal for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies, 4 (2019), pp. 57-95.

ISSN (Print): 2522-347X
ISSN (Online): 2522-6959

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