Iran, Islam and Democracy

Iran, Islam and Democracy


The Politics of Managing Change

by Ali M. Ansari

Format: Royal Hardback
Published: February 2019
Pages: 640
ISBN: 9781909942981

Published with Chatham House.

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An outstanding study of the politics of contemporary Iran. It is a lively and perceptive work cutting through the foliage of Orientalism and Islamism….’
-Ervand Abrahamian, City University of New York

A substantial and thought-provoking analysis.’
-Charles Tripp FBA, SOAS University of London

Thoroughly recommended for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Iranian politics and international relations.’
-Toby Dodge, London School of Economics and Political Science


The surprise election of Hassan Rouhani in 2013 and his re-election in 2017 has focussed attention on the dynamics between Islam and democracy in Iran after the hiatus of the Ahmadinejad presidency. With comparisons being drawn between Rouhani and his predecessor but one, the reformist president Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005), there has never been a better time for a review and detailed analysis of the rise and fall of the reform movement in Iran. This revised and updated edition with a new preface and conclusion incorporates more recent work on the presidential election crisis of 2009, along with the election of Rouhani in 2013 and 2017, and an additional essay on the idea of reformism in Iran.

Ali M. Ansari BA (Lon), PhD (Lon), FRSE, FBIPS, FRAS is Professor of Iranian History & Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews and a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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