The election of Mohammad Khatami as President, the prospect of renewed dialogue between Tehran and Washington, and the display of popular rejoicing that greeted the nation's football team's qualification for the 1998 World Cup have shed light on aspects of everyday life in post-revolutionary Iran which have often been overlooked in the West. Through the Iranian example, this text reviews the debate not merely about political Islam, but also about democratic transition and its relation to social change.
Fariba Adelkhah is a senior Research Fellow at CERI Sciences Po, Paris.
When taxes bloom in Tehran; the ideal of a good man - a matter of style; the economics of charity - good works and business orientation; man as a social and political being - the story of an election; towards a public space for Islam?; looking after number one - a competitive society.