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February 07, 2008

1 2 3 Book Meme
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

So Spencer Ackerman at the Washington Independent just tagged me with a book meme.  Sort of fun, but it does give me an excuse to link to a couple of his pieces that I thought were particularly good recently.  Anyway, here's the deal.  Grab the book nearest to you.  Turn to page 123.  Copy down sentences 6-8.  For me that is Factional Politics in Post Khomeini Iran by Mehdi Moslem.  I wish I'd opened this up at home.  I have a much cooler library there.  We just moved into swanky new offices, but everything is still a mess.  Anyway here goes:

The left is a vehement defender of the young postrevolutionary generation in Iran.  This faction advocates freedom of action and thought for university students specifically challenging the representatives of the Faqih in universities, most of whom are members of the conservative right or sympathetic to it.  Criticizing the intrusive role of these representatives, who under the pretext of guidance and "Islamization of the universities" pry into student activities, Tahkim maintains that university students do not need clerical "supervision" and must be encouraged to become highly politicized, not apostles.

Iranian academia and politics are fascinating.  Anyway, now I have to tag five people.  So, Abu Aardvark, AJ at Americablog, Andy at Arms Control Wonk (I actually stole this book from him.  So he should probably come and reclaim it), and a couple of our own DA bloggers, Michael Cohen and Shawn Brimley (Is that even acceptable?)


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