Building the Islamic state: The draft constitution of 1979 reconsidered

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The early drafts of the constitution of 1979 have represented a crucial moment in the creation of the post-revolutionary Iranian state. This article makes use of primary sources of the time and recently revealed material in order to provide a systematic analysis of the events which led to the production of the key versions of the draft constitution and the reaction to them by the multitude of political movements which were then active. The aim of this study is to clarify events and processes which have been left unexplored by the existing academic literature. © 2013 The International Society for Iranian Studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-663
Number of pages23
JournalIranian Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


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