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Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Afshon Ostovar


This book is about the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its ascent to become one of the most formidable entities in Iran and the Middle East. It follows the organization from its birth in the midst of the 1979 revolution through the succeeding decades of the Islamic Republic’s maturation. The IRGC is a multifaceted military organization with a distinct raison d’être: the defense of Iran’s theocratic system. Pursuing that mission has allowed the IRGC to expand beyond the military sphere and become influential in the political, economic, strategic, sociocultural, and regional arenas ... More

Keywords: Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, IRGC, Shiite Islam, Shi`ism, Shi`a Islam, armed forces, Political Islam, modern Middle East history, Modern Iranian history, history of Iran

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199387892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Afshon Ostovar, author
Senior Analyst, CNA