ISLAM AND REVOLUTION: Writings and Declarations of Imam Khomeini by Ruh Allah Khumayni

ISLAM AND REVOLUTION: Writings and Declarations of Imam Khomeini

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KIRKUS REVIEW

To correct the impression of Khomeini as a mere fanatic, barbarian, and crackpot--a collection of his non-technical writings and speeches since 1941. The most powerful of Khomeini's ideas are presented in ""Islamic Government,"" a series of 1970 lectures now considered to have been the blueprint for the Islamic revolution. Here, he challenged Iranian religious leaders to do more than pray and study questions of menstruation and parturition; instead, they should enter politics, fight the imperialists and their puppet the Shah, and establish an Islamic republic. The next section consists of 28 public statements bearing on the course of Iranian politics: a warning to the nation against British designs and Iranian capitulation (1941); a specific attack on the rights of foreigners not to be tried in Iranian courts (1964); a blast against the monarchy (1971); and exhortations, from Paris, to the people of Iran (1978). These were fervent words--whose effect can now be better understood. Khomeini also shows, however, that he understands the West as little as it understands him; and that his ideas, though potent for a nationalist revolution, lack a realistic prescription for the administration of a modern state. Appropriately, perhaps, the anthology ends with Khomeini's 1979-80 lectures on Islamic philosophy and theology, underlining his concept of the unity of politics and religion. A valuable documentary supplement to even the best-intended histories.

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 1981
Publisher: Mizan Press (P.O. Box 4065, Berkeley, CA 94704)