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Contesting the Iranian revolution
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 Shi?ite 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.
Author: Alimagham, Pouya Year: 2020 ISBN: 9781108466899 Pages: 315 Language: English Publisher: Cambridge university press Publisher's city: Cambridge