The Iranian Revolution Turns Thirty

An issue of: Radical History Review

The Iranian Revolution Turns Thirty
Journal Issue Volume 9, Number 3 Number: 105 Published: 2009 An issue of Radical History Review
This special issue of Radical History Review marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Iranian revolution, an event that reverberated across the globe, causing rifts and realignments in international relations, as well as radical changes in Iranian political, social, and cultural institutions. The Iranian revolution of 1979 was a historical inevitability neither in its inception nor in its outcome; however, its continued domestic and global significance—often misunderstood and misinterpreted—remains indisputable. The issue explores the complex and evolving nature of the postrevolutionary dynamics in Iran and calls for renewed reflection on the roots of the revolution, the processes leading to its proponents’ victory, and its impact on the Muslim world and the global balance of power.

The articles in this interdisciplinary issue take up the legacy of the revolution within and outside the borders of Iran and offer critical evaluation and new insights into the transformations that Iran experienced as a result of the revolution. One essay discusses the role of the crowd in the revolution, while another traces the genealogy of the discourse of anti-Zionism in Iranian circles. Other articles explore the treatment of the revolution in the Egyptian press and illustrate how the trauma of the revolution is portrayed in diasporic Iranian women’s biographies. The issue also features a “Reflections” section, which includes eight short essays that provide snapshots of postrevolutionary politics, economics, literature, cinema, and visual arts, demonstrating both radical changes and continuities in Iranian society.


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1. Editors' Introduction—Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Mansour Bonakdarian, Nasrin Rahimieh, Ahmad Sadri, and Ervand Abrahamian

2. The Crowd in the Iranian Revolution—Ervand Abrahamian

3. Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution in the Egyptian Press: From Fascination to Condemnation—Hanan Hammad

4. Iranian Anti-Zionism and the Holocaust: A Long Discourse Dismissed—Mahdi Ahouie

5. Revolution, Trauma, and Nostalgia in Diasporic Iranian Women's Autobiographies—Nima Naghibi

6. The Theory of Survival: An Interview with Taraneh Hemami—Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

7. Memory, Mourning, Memorializing: On the Victims of Iran-Iraq War, 1980—Present—Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

8. The Revolution Will Not Be Fabricated—Minoo Moallem

9. Has Iran's Islamic Revolution Ended?—Saïd Amir Arjomand

10. The Revolution and the Rural Poor—Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

11. Postrevolutionary Persian Literature: Creativity and Resistance—Kamran Talattof

12. Reflections on Literature after the 1979 Revolution in Iran and in the Diaspora—Persis M. Karim

13. Postrevolutionary Trends in Persian Fiction and Film—M. R. Ghanoonparvar

14. Islamic Revolution and the Circulation of Visual Culture—Mazyar Lotfalian

15. Intellectual Life after the 1979 Revolution: Radical Hope and Nihilistic Dreams—Ali Mirsepassi

16. Contested Narratives of the Present: Postrevolutionary Culture and Media in Iran—Niki Akhavan

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6723-9