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By Saeid Golkar
Iran's association for the Mobilization of the Oppressed (Sazeman-e Basij-e Mostazafan), generally called the Basij, is a paramilitary association utilized by the regime to suppress dissidents, vote as a bloc, and indoctrinate Iranian electorate. Captive Society surveys the Basij's historical past, constitution, and sociology, in addition to its impression on Iranian society, its economic climate, and its academic method. Saied Golkar's account attracts not just on released materials―including Basij and innovative shield guides, allied web content, and blogs―but additionally on his personal casual communications with Basij contributors whereas learning and educating in Iranian universities as lately as 2014. moreover, he contains findings from surveys and interviews he performed whereas in Iran.
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Additional info for Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran
In the aftermath of the disputed 2009 election, the IRI implemented radical changes in the structure of the Basij. The organization changed its name again, from the Basij Resistance Force back to its original term, the Organization for the Mobilization of the Oppressed (Sazeman-e Basij-e Mostazafan). . . took up a lot of the organization’s time and energy. . 63 In other words, the IRI has been trying to transform the Basij from a military force into a specialized organization spread throughout society.
Although a majority of well-known militias have been involved in security missions, especially in weak states, the Basij is one of the biggest militias in a fully functioning state and possesses an extensive range of economic, social, political, and cultural purposes. 9 Part II: The Basij and the Shaping of an Insiders’ Network Chapter 2 The History and Transformation of the Basij, 1980–2013 The Organization for the Mobilization of the Oppressed (Sazeman-e Basij-e Mostazafan), commonly referred to as the Basij, is one of the most important mass organizations founded after Iran’s transformative Islamic Revolution of 1979.
The gap between the clergy and the IRGC commanders has continued since then. Also, at that time there were many conflicts between Basij members and clerics and other revolutionary committee forces, and as a result the IRGC grew to resent the Basij. Toward the end of 1982, Salek resigned from the Basij because he was selected as a member of Parliament for the city of Isfahan. Hojjat al-Islam Mohammad Rahmani, a left-wing cleric, was appointed commander of the Basij in the spring of 1983. ) With the start of the Iran-Iraq War in September 1980, the Basij began playing an important role in recruiting and organizing volunteers and in deploying them to the war front.
Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran by Saeid Golkar