The Resilience of the Traditional Clergy to the Hardline Challenge in Post-Revolutionary Iran
This paper focuses on the institution of the traditional clergy in post-revolutionary Iran. It argues that the clergy is resilient enough to survive the challenges posed by the hardliners thanks to the nature of its legitimacy. The paper also provides background information on traditional clergy, the changes since the revolution and the nature of current challenges. Finally, it assesses the arguments for and against the continued existence of the clergy in its traditional form.
politics, Iran, religious leaders, clergy
Asian Studies | Public Affairs | Religion
Tufts University Fletcher School
City or Country
Medford, MA, USA
NAQVI, Syed Ijlal Hussain. 2003. The Resilience of the Traditional Clergy to the Hardline Challenge in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Al-Naklah, Fall. Accessible from http://fletcher.tufts.edu/Al-Nakhlah/Archives/fall2003