Auteur: Geneive Abdo and Jonathan yons
Taking the reader inside Iran's key institutions, Geneive Abdo and Jonathan Lyons argue that the 1979 Iranian revolution, long viewed in the West as the pursuit of an imagined medieval Utopia, was in fact a political movement designed to modernize Islam. Twenty years later, a power struggle between conservative and reform elements provoked a clash that has destabilized the country and limited Iran's ability to integrate with the world community.
Answering Only to God challenges the prevailing Western belief that the Islamic world is an undifferentiated mass of disaffected and dangerous fanatics or that a Westernstyle democracy will soon transform this ancient land of Shi'ite and Sufi tradition. Instead, the authors explore the controversial view that beyond the quarrel with the West, stemming from decades of exploitive foreign policies, the real struggle in Iran is between reformist and conservative mullahs.
"Abdo and Lyons have made a major contribution to contemporary Iranian history. Their eyewitness accounts are absolute gems of investigative journalism, done with courage and imagination and guided by a caring intellect. " —Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies, Columbia University, and author of Theology of Discontent
"Geneive Abdo and Jonathan Lyons argue persuasively in their new book, Answering Only to God, that Khatami has failed. Despite his wellpublicized talk of change, the ruling clerics remain as powerful as ever. " —David Ignatius, The Washington Post