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By Ramin Jahanbegloo

ISBN-10: 1137330171

ISBN-13: 9781137330178

Regardless of missing any type of army virtue over the regimes they've got faced, the Iranian humans have by no means been dissuaded from emerging opposed to and demanding various sorts of injustice. in the course of the winning implementation of non-violent motion Iranians have conquer the violence of successive governments through undermining their ethical and political legitimacy. yet greater than 100 years after the Constitutional Revolution of 1906, Iranians are nonetheless looking for a social covenant by which they could gather and perform public freedom. The stakes are tremendous excessive, if Iran fails to finish its tradition of violence as a kingdom and society then it hazards its destiny as a solid, democratic kingdom. So how then can the Iranian humans holiday the cycle of violent and oppressive regimes and begin having a look in the direction of a non-violent and democratic destiny? there's no magic formulation that may instantly finish violence in Iran yet this publication argues that by means of shunning violence and exhibiting a readiness to stand down persecution that the Iranian humans have an opportunity to safe their freedom.

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Certainly on a short-term level the defeat of the Constitutional Revolution can be seen as an overall failure of nonviolence and rule of law in Iran. No doubt, the Constitutional Revolution did fall short of establishing firm political grounds for nonviolence in Iran, but all that was accomplished before and after at the level of ideas ultimately served to outweigh its shortcomings in Iranian contemporary history. 27 Others contribute this failure to the dispute between the conservative Ulama and the secular reformers.

Faced with the disciplined, determined and nonviolent action of the urban alliance of merchants, Ulama and the intelligentsia, the Qajar monarch, Mozaffar al-Din Shah, backed down. The bast strategy was described in a detailed memorandum by the British Legation to the Foreign Office in London. ”17 It would be more correct to refer to the strategy of bast as a nonviolent model of resistance against oppression and tyranny. The bast model represents a method for increasing the sense of cohesiveness and solidarity in a community through the active promotion of a nonviolent environment.

These two men, in the same manner as Kirmani, Malkum Khan and Akhundzadeh, laid some of the groundwork for the Constitutional Revolution of 1906, in the decade of the 1870s. Mushir od-Dowleh was the reformist statesman of his day who was deeply influenced by the Tanzimat reforms. His experiences in Istanbul as a Qajar ambassador to the Ottoman Empire awakened him to the need of applying modern solutions to Iran’s social and economic problems. What grieved Mirza Huseyn Khan more than anything else was that the Iranian ruling class and the king himself were so alien to the idea of a parliamentary government.

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