ERVAND ABRAHAMIAN, Tortured Confessions: Prison and Public Recantations in Modern Iran (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999). Pp. 279.

@article{Mahdi2000ERVANDAT,
  title={ERVAND ABRAHAMIAN, Tortured Confessions: Prison and Public Recantations in Modern Iran (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999). Pp. 279.},
  author={Ali Akbar Mahdi},
  journal={International Journal of Middle East Studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={32},
  pages={414 - 418}
}
  • A. Mahdi
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Middle East Studies
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 has unleashed a flood of books on the causes and consequences of the rise of political Islam and the failure of Western-supported modernizing states. Ervand Abrahamian's new book is important because it is the first detailed academic work that deals with the conditions of the prisons and the horrors of the criminal system—the torture, the forced confessions, and the executions—in the newly established theocratic state. This book is a testimony to the horrors of…