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Review: Islam and politics in Iranian Kurdistan at a time of revolution: the life of Ahmad Moftizadeh


  • Martin van Bruinessen

    (Utrecht University, the Netherlands)


Ali Ezzatyar, The Last Mufti of Iranian Kurdistan: Ethnic and Religious Implications in the Greater Middle East. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. xv + 246 pp., (ISBN 978-1-137-56525-9 hardback). For a brief period in 1979, when the Kurds had begun confronting Iran’s new Islamic revolutionary regime and were voicing demands for autonomy and cultural rights, Ahmad Moftizadeh was one of the most powerful men in Iranian Kurdistan. He was the only Kurdish leader who shared the new regime’s conviction that a just social and political order could be established on the basis of Islamic principles. The other Kurdish movements were firmly secular, even though many of their supporters were personally pious Muslims.

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  • Martin van Bruinessen, 2017. "Review: Islam and politics in Iranian Kurdistan at a time of revolution: the life of Ahmad Moftizadeh," Kurdish Studies, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 5(1), pages 80-87, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:ksjrnl:v:5:y:2017:i:1:p:80-87

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