Emile Bustani Seminar Series, Pouya Alimagham Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

October 2, 2020

The series Emile Bustani Seminar Series continues next week with a lecture on:


Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

In Iran as elsewhere, politics is seen as a zero-sum game. As such, most observers of Iran viewed the Green Uprisings of 2009 against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election "win" as a 'failed revolution,' with many Iranians and those in neighboring Arab countries agreeing. The state even cast such challengers as "seditionists." Re-examining this evaluation by deconstructing the conventional win-lose binary interpretations, however, underscores the subtle but important victories on the ground. Pouya Alimagham's research demonstrates how Iran's modern history imbues those triumphs with consequential meaning by focusing on powerful symbols rooted in Shiite Islam, Palestinian liberation, and the Iranian Revolution to center the activists and highlight how they contested the Islamic Republic's legitimacy to its very core. They were indeed continuing a legacy of democratic struggle that has a genealogy that goes back more than a century.


Pouya Alimagham

Lecturer in History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Tuesday, October 6, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Zoom Webinar ID: 917 5897 1523
Passcode: bustani 
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