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Book Review: Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

One of the biggest holes in scholarship about Iran has been a deep, detailed analysis of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) since the 1993 study, Warriors of Islam by Kenneth Katzman, a Library of Congress specialist.

BOOK 1 - AEIThat has now changed, first with Danish scholar Ali Alfoneh’s 2013 Iran Unveiled and then with Vanguard of the Imam by Ostrovar, a long-time Iran analyst, now at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Ostovar traces the…

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