Fire Under Ashes

(Iranian Renaissance)

by Khalil E. Nikkhessal



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/6/2024

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9798369416594
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9798369416587
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 352
ISBN : 9798369416600

About the Book

"Fire Under the Ashes" is a thought-provoking exploration of themes such as peace, harmony, education, and social progress while underscoring the vital roles of democracy, freedom, and law in developing a prosperous nation. The book delves into the significance of leadership and the imperative of eradicating prejudices and superstitions to propel societal advancement. The transformative potency of education and diligence takes center stage, offering insights into how these elements can surmount challenges and setbacks. Love emerges as the guiding principle for establishing order and harmony, while movement is the foundational underpinning for societal progress. At its core, the book delves into the Iranian Islamic Revolution and its underlying catalysts. It examines the motivations behind the Iranian populace's participation in a movement they initially did not comprehend and their trust in Islamic clerics. Notably, it probes the generational divide within the Islamic Republic, particularly the educated youth's disillusionment with and hatred toward the clergy. The clerics' opposition to the monarchy is traced back. The narrative navigates through the Shah's ambitions, significant oil revenues, and sweeping modernization efforts, including women's liberation and socioeconomic reforms. While modernizing Iran, these changes ignited tension stoked by the clerics, ultimately culminating in overthrowing the Shah's regime and establishing the Islamic Republic under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini. The narrative extends to recent times, chronicling protests and opposition movements, and subsequent anti-government demonstrations. These movements, marked by resilience and repression, exemplify the Iranian people's yearning for change and willingness to confront oppressive regimes. In a poignant parallel, the book compares Europe's Dark Ages, attributing their protracted duration to restricted access to information and societal constraints. This analogy underscores the challenges faced by Iranians due to ignorance and misinformation perpetuated by authoritarian rulers and religious authorities. The narrative highlights the Iranian people's unwavering pursuit of a better life, freedom, and adherence to the rule of law. It envisions a future marked by a secular and democratic society driven by knowledge, space, and progress. The title "Fire Under the Ashes" encapsulates the optimism for positive transformation, with education, love, and the dissemination of information serving as catalysts for enduring change.

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