What Is Iran: Table of Contents

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Introduction . . . . . 10

1. The Faces and Faiths of Iran

The Ethnic Landscape of Iranian Society . . . . . 14
The Religious Landscape of Iranian Society . . . . . 15

2. The Iranian Revolution

Background to the Revolution . . . . . 30
The Islamic Revolution . . . . . 37
The Structure of the Iranian Government . . . . . 43
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini . . . . . 45

3. Iran Since the Revolution

The Iran-Iraq War . . . . . 50
Politics, Economics and Society in Post-Revolutionary Iran . . . . . 53

4. Iran and the West Since 1979: Responses to Common Questions

What was the hostage crisis? . . . . . 66
What was the involvement of the United States and other western countries in the Iran-Iraq war? . . . . . 68
What was the Iran-Contra affair? . . . . . 69
What sanctions and punitive financial measures have been imposed on Iran? . . . . . 69
What is Iranís human rights record? . . . . . 70
What is Iranís nuclear program? How should the international community respond? . . . . . 72
Is Iran a threat to Israel? . . . . . 76
Is it true that the Iranian government supports terrorism? . . . . . 78

5. Anabaptist Responses to Iran

Mennonite Involvement in Iran . . . . . 82
Things to Keep in Mind When Thinking About Iran . . . . . 84
Working for Peace: What Can We Do? . . . . . 88

Resources for Further Study . . . . . 92

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