Author(s): Daniel Brumberg
Can a government be both Islamic and a republic? The question is an important one, remembering that the Islamic part refers to laws being determined by clerics based on their understanding of God's word, and the republic part means that power derives from the people. This was not an acute problem in Khomeini's day, when revolutionary fervor was higher. Today's Islamic Republic of Iran is in crisis, however, as its population more and more finds that its wishes are not the same as what the ruling clerics insist is God's way.