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Hudson Institute on Iran's clergy and government

July 14, 2010, 4:46 p.m.


How is the relationship between Iranian clergy and government evolving? What do these trends mean for the greater Islamic community both now and in the future?

A report from the Hudson Institute's "Current Trends in Islamist Ideology" by Mehdi Khalaji traces the tensions in the theocratic state.

From the report:

"While there are several explanations why the clerical establishment has been unwilling to defend reform-minded clerics against the regime’s attacks, what is clear is that the Shiite clergy’s silence does not stem from indifference. In fact, there is a fundamental tension between Iran’s clerical establishment and its theocratic government whose roots date back to the very inception of the Islamic Republic and, in important ways, even farther."

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