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    Iran Theocracy With infusions of Democracy
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    Revolutionary break with Islamic  traditions Ulema are the religious Scholars
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    1979 Ruhollah Khomenei Died in 1989; lively political system after his death Sharia
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    Many Paradoxes Regime founded on negation of seculat democracy but limited democratic practices
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    Current Policy Changes Islamists Poverty, inequality, underemployment Population growing by a million a year Brian drain meaning smart people are leaving Iran Iranian Diaspora Corruption Loss of legitimacy Community and development / ethnic minorities
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    Historical Legacy Never formally colonized Safavids controlled in early 16 th century Twelver shiism
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    Twelver Shiism Sunni Shiites The prophet Muhammad Imams The third imam Husayn martyred in 680 at Karbala
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    1997/ 2001 Iran elects and re-elects Mohammed Khatami as President in landslides. A hojjat al-Islam ‘Proof of Islam’ Vs. Ayatollah or Grand Ayatollah
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  Khatami stressed an open society. Was  liberal/ ‘dialogue among civilizations’ His victory was surprise. The Clerical and media Establishment opposed him. Was he another Gorbachev?
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