This post is about explaining Iran’s special place in the Islamic world. Here are some great articles on Khomeini-ism, the conflict been different religious branches, and Iran’s evolving views on theocracy and populism with an Islamic framework.
U.S. Institute of Peace – The Iran Primer: Iran and Islam
Places of Peace and Power – Shi’a Islam
Council on Foreign Relations – Religion and Politics in Iran
Stratfor – In Iran, Political Change At a Measured Pace
Al-Jazeera – Iran’s Election Campaigns
Pew Research – Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire (world)