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Unformatted text preview: Annotated Bibliography Dorraj, Manochehr, From Zarathustra to Khomeini (Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 1990) The Iranian people had a long history of religious figures (clergy) playing a prominent role in society. Under the pre-Islamic Achamenid, Parthian, and Sassanid dynasties, Zoroastrian clergy were leading figures in the government, and as a result, the Iranian peoples were used to the idea of an infallible religious leadership giving direction. Imam Ali is the Volksgeist of the Iranian religious-nationalist consciousness. Following the Arab conquest of Persia (Battle of Qadisiyyah), many Persians fled into regions of the Caliphate, like Kufa, that were decidedly pro-Ali. Following the Safavid-led conversion, phrases related to Ali became integral to Persian speech. The Safavids started out as a Turcoman band and a Sufi order that rapidly radicalized under their leader, the young Shah Ismali. The Safavids forcibly converted the people of Iran to Ithna their leader, the young Shah Ismali....
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