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Contesting the Iranian Revolution

Contesting the Iranian Revolution
The Green Uprisings

  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108466899


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  • Most observers of Iran viewed the Green Uprisings of 2009 as a 'failed revolution', with many Iranians and those in neighbouring Arab countries agreeing. In Contesting the Iranian Revolution, however, Pouya Alimagham re-examines this evaluation, deconstructing the conventional win-lose binary interpretations in a way which underscores the subtle but important victories on the ground, and reveals how Iran's modern history imbues those triumphs with consequential meaning. Focusing on the men and women who made this dynamic history, and who exist at the centre of these contentious politics, this 'history from below' brings to the fore the post-Islamist discursive assault on the government's symbols of legitimation. From powerful symbols rooted in Shiʿite Islam, Palestinian liberation, and the Iranian Revolution, Alimagham harnesses the wider history of Iran and the Middle East to highlight how activists contested the Islamic Republic's legitimacy to its very core.

    • Approaches the 2009 Green Uprisings from an alternate perspective by focusing on everyday men and women, and not the leaders of the movement
    • Challenges prevailing binary interpretations of the Green Uprisings as a 'failed revolution'
    • Engages with the broader context of modern Iranian and Middle Eastern history
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108466899
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Situating the 2009 Green Uprisings
    2. Primer: from the theory of Islamic Republicanism to practice, 1979–2009
    3. On the streets and beyond: crowd action and the symbolic appropriation of the past
    4. Contesting Palestine: generating revolutionary meaning
    5. Co-opting mourning ceremonies: Montazeri, post-Islamism, and revolutionary Ashura
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Pouya Alimagham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Pouya Alimagham is Lecturer and historian of the Middle East at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Receiving his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, his thesis on which this book is based was awarded the Mehrdad Mashayekhi Dissertation Award by the Association for Iranian Studies in 2016.

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