The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution

An issue of: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East

The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution
Journal Issue Volume 29, Number 1 Published: 2009 An issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Guest-edited by Misagh Parsa, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College, this issue explores the causes and outcomes of the Iranian revolution of 1979, including changes in Iranian attitudes toward democracy, theocracy, economics, and gender relations.

The Iranian revolution brought down a regime that had prompted economic development, and while a coalition demanding social justice initially led the revolutionary struggles, power was seized by a segment of the clergy wanting to establish a theocracy. The outcome of the Iranian revolution was regarded as vastly different from those of contemporaneous revolutions, which more often fought to establish democracies or socialist governments.

Thirty years later this issue revisits the central issues of the revolution. Saeed Rahnema examines why the Left and the labor movement during the revolution ultimately failed. Haideh Moghissi explores the political struggles of women and their employment within the Islamic Republic. Other contributors address the impact of the rise of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Iran, as well as the revolution’s influence on class structures.


To subscribe to this journal visit the Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East page.

Price: $22.00
Request a desk or exam copy

Table of Contents Back to Top


The Thirtieth Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution—Misagh Parsa

1. State, Class, and Ideology in the Iranian Revolution—Misagh Parsa

2. Rethinking Revolutions: Integrating Origins, Processes, and Outcomes—Jack A. Goldstone

3. What Was Revolutionary about the Iranian Revolution? The Power of Possibility—Eric Selbin

4. The Islamization of the Social Movements and the Revolution, 1963–1979—Behrooz Moazami

5. Women and the 1979 Revolution: Refusing Religion-Defined Womanhood—Haideh Moghissi

6. Lessons (Not) Learned: Reflections on a Failed Revolution—Saeed Rahnema

7. What a Revolution! Thirty Years of Social Class Reshuffling in Iran—Sohrab Behdad and Farhad Nomani

8. The Political Elite in the Islamic Republic of Iran: From Khomeini to Ahmadinejad—Eva Patricia Rakel

9. The Iranian Revolution and its Nemesis: The Rise of Liberal Values among Iranians—Mansoor Moaddel

10. Neo-Populism in Comparative Perspective: Iran and Venezuela—Manochehr Dorraj and Michael Dodson

Additional InformationBack to Top