I recently started reading a new acquisition of my library’s Federal Depository Library’s collection:
Curtis, G. E., & Hooglund, E. J. (2008). Iran: A country study. Area handbook series. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, Federal Research Division.
So far, I’ve only made it through the introduction and already I’ve learned three new things about Iran:
- Persians only make up about 65% of the Iranian population.
- The voting age in Iran is 16.
- The President of Iran, currently Mr. Ahmadinejad, does not command Iran’s military, nor does he pick the leaders of Iran’s armed services. He also has no control over the judiciary. These and other roles (declaring war and peace and setting general state policy among them) are delegated to the (supreme) Leader under the Iranian constitution. The post of Leader was originally filled by Ayatollah Khomeini and is currently filled by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
If you already knew this stuff, consider yourself well informed. While I’m not sure I’ll write a book review about this volume when I’m done, I may post other items from this work if they’re interesting.