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Beyond 1979 and 2011: When Comparisons Distract

  • Arang Keshavarzian (a1)
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In the midst of several research trips to Iran in the 1990s, I spent one year living and conducting exploratory research in Cairo. In Tehran, revolution seemed unfinished if not perpetual, yet in Egypt it was unimaginable. In spite of the entrenched support for the Leader and the political status quo, at this time Iran's reformist movement was robust. The policies of the Islamic Republic and consequences of the eight-year war with Iraq unleashed new social conditions that combined with established forces to push for women's rights, freedom of speech, independent civil associations, and exposing contradictions in the postrevolutionary order.

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1 In Egypt, a Committee of Documenting the Revolution was launched by the Egyptian National Library and Archives. See http://www.albawaba.com/auc-history-chair-leads-egyptian-national-library-and-archives-committee-documenting-revolution (accessed 27 September 2011).

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International Journal of Middle East Studies
  • ISSN: 0020-7438
  • EISSN: 1471-6380
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