Iranian Religious and Political Influence in Persian Gulf Countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait)

Yu I Ilyina
2016 RUDN Journal of Political Science  
This article is focuses on evolution of Iranian political influence in Persian Gulf countries. It examines theological and political aspects of such influence and its consequences for the region. The author analyses origins of the transnational Shia movements such as "Harakat ar-Risala" and "ad-Dawa" linked with traditional Shia institutions at Najaf and Kerbela, and its ambiguous relationships with post-revolution Iranian elite. In the same way, not all of Shias of Persian Gulf was
more » ... by "Islamic revolution" in Iran and became admirers of R. Khomeini's conception of "vilayat-e-faqih". In addition, the author traces history of local political Shia movements, that are, in fact, more influential on domestic politics of Gulf countries that mythical "Iran's hand".
doi:10.22363/2313-1438-2016-3-36-42 fatcat:pxqmm6osvbdtjmvwin7zlzos7a