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Iran and the Arab spring : between expectations and disillusion / Henner Fürtig
AuthorFürtig, Henner In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen Search Wikipedia for Henner Fürtig
PublishedHamburg : GIGA, 2013 ; Halle (Saale) : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, 2013
HostHalle (Saale) : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt
DescriptionOnline-Ressource (Text, 21 S., 581kB)
SeriesGIGA working papers ; 241
Document typeE-Book
KeywordsIran Search Wikipedia for Iran / Arabischer Frühling Search Wikipedia for Arabischer Frühling / Online-Publikation Search Wikipedia for Online-Publikation
URNurn:nbn:de:gbv:3:5-82618 Persistent Identifier (URN)
Iran and the Arab spring [0.56 mb]
The 1979 Iranian Revolution undoubtedly belongs to the "great" revolutions of modern times - all of which were characterized by universalistic efforts and the claim to have set new social political and cultural norms with global validity. In this sense the Iranian revolutionaries felt the obligation to actively reintroduce Islam as a revelation for the whole world not only for Muslims. Yet they soon became aware that most Muslims viewed their export strategy as either an attempt to enforce Shiism or - even worse - to conceal mere national megalomania. Therefore the current leadership argues that the revolution should no longer be exported actively but that Iran should serve as an example. Consequently Supreme Leader Khamenei called the events of the Arab Spring a "natural enlargement of Iran's Islamic revolution of 1979" and credited his country for being the catalyst of this "Islamic awakening". The present article will analyze selected regional reactions to the Islamic awakening concept which did not altogether meet Iranian expectations.