Reciprocal Services of Religion and Democracy in Iran

Document Type : Research Article (Political Sociology)


Political Sciences Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, 'Allamah Tabatabai University


 Religion has always been an inseparable component of political, social, and cultural life of Iranian people. Democracy as a western phenomenon has also been theoretically and in spoken as well as written form publicized in Iran for 100 years. The present article is an attempt to show to what extent religion has served democracy in Iran and vice versa. Elaborating on the type of interaction between religion and democracy in Iran, this article concludes that religion has believed democracy more than the latter having served the former. As a result, if religion had not entered the field of politics in Iran, it was quite likely that there would not have been any manifestations of democracy here.


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Volume 2, Issue 2
October 2015
Pages 1-23
  • Receive Date: 12 April 2015
  • Revise Date: 31 May 2015
  • Accept Date: 21 July 2015