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Ghosts of the revolution

Will Iran remain a theocratic state or could western liberalism take hold?

A child passes a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the revolutionary guards in Tehran © Getty Images

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic by Michael Axworthy (Allen Lane, £15)

Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and its Consequences by James Buchan (John Murray, £25)

Going to Tehran: Why the US Must Come to Terms With the Islamic Republic by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett (Metropolitan, £18.99)

If you peel away the politics, the question of how the west should deal with the Islamic Republic of…

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