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The Persian Night

The Persian Night

The Persian Night

London, Asharq Al-Awsat- An anatomy of one of the most secretive regimes in the contemporary world, this essay traces the historic, religious, cultural, and ideological roots of the Khomeinist revolution.

It dissects a regime that has mobilized the resources of a major Muslim country and hijacked a nation of 70 million people for global “holy war” against the United States and its allies.

From Ayatollah Khomeini’s “historic mission” to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s messianic campaign in the name of the “Hidden Imam”, the author depicts a trajectory that is certain to lead to war.

Who really rules in the Islamic Republic? How are decisions made in Tehran? What are the actual links between the Islamic Republic and terrorist networks, including Al Qaeda and Hezbollah? What is the reality of the Iranian nuclear programme? What are the Islamic Republic’s war making capabilities and strategies? What are the origins of the three Khomeinist phobias of women, Jews and the United States?

These are some of the key questions the book answers in some detail.

It shows how successive US administrations, and most European governments, refused to understand the reality of the Khomeinist regime and, at times, even helped it in its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, including a nuclear arsenal.

More importantly, perhaps, the book deals with the vital question of how to deal with Iran, and provides a set of imaginative answers.

Taheri was Executive Editor-in-Chief of the daily Kayhan, Iran’s largest newspaper, for more than six years before the mullahs seized power. He has been a syndicated columnist since 1980, and writing a column for Asharq Al Awsat since 1987.

Scheduled for publication on 10 November, the book is already on pre-sale through more than two dozen outlets on the Internet.