Behind the Iran-Iraq war rests a history of conflict stretching back to the Ottoman Turks and the Persians. This book examines the deep-seated and complex factors involved in the rivalry between these two nations. It focuses particularly on the period between 1969 and 1984, a time that saw both the rise of the Ba’th party in Iraq and Khomeini’s return to power in Iran. These changes did much to escalate tensions. The Ba’th party’s ideological, socialist regime and its emphasis on political secular concerns stood in marked contrast to Iran under Khomeini and his efforts to spread an Islamic revolution among the nation’s Shiite majority. The author discusses how these differences have affected three long-term problems: Iraq’s and Iran’s rivalry for dominance in the Arabian Gulf region; disputes over the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which serves as a boundary between the two nations; and the Kurdish rebellion in Iraq, supported by Iran. The volume also looks at the most recent episodes of crisis and analyzes the evolution of the Iran-Iraq war and its implications both regionally and globally. Unlike other studies of Iraq’s relations with Iran, Abdulghani’s is distinguished by its systematic and comprehensive synthesis which interlocks legal, cultural, historical and political issues that have characterized relations between the two countries.
Table of Contents
Javid Nama. Iraq and Iran: The Years of Crisis. The Iran-Iraq War. Modern Iran. Persia and the Victorians. Studies in Ancient Persian History. The Struggle for Persia. Persia and its People. The Persian Gulf. In Search of Omar Khayyam. The Epic of the Kings. Ibn Yamin. Indo-Iranian Studies. Papers from the Seminar on Fasahat and Balaghat in Classical Persian Literature. The Persian Sufis. The Nasirean Ethics. Christians in Persia. The Security of the Persian Gulf. Iran and the International Community. The Persian Gulf and the West. Iran Since the Revolution
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