Pouya Alimagham’s book, “Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings"

April 22, 2020

Pouya Alimagham’s book, “Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings"

Book description

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.

 

Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

In Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings, Pouya 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. Below is an excerpt from chapter one and is used by permission of the publisher Cambridge University Press. Read More