Iran’s main value as a case study lies in what it can tell us about the nature of politics and government in Islamic societies. It has long played a critical role in the Middle East, dating back to its origins at the heart of the Persian Empire, its vast oil reserves having more recently been of interest to external powers, notably during the Cold War. Hostility to foreign infl uence was one of the sparks behind the 1979 Iranian revolution that led to the creation of an Islamic republic in which power is shared by mainly elected political institutions and by non-elected Islamic clerics holding positions that allow them to wield considerable power and infl uence. Iran is an authoritarian state in which politics is highly factionalized, religion lies at the heart of government, oil wealth and political centralization breed corruption, political rights are limited, women are marginalized, and the future remains uncertain.
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