Iran Reframed

Author: Narges Bajoghli

Publisher: Stanford Studies in Middle Eas


Category: History

Page: 184

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An inside look at what it means to be pro-regime in Iran, and the debates around the future of the Islamic Republic. More than half of Iran's citizens were not alive at the time of the 1979 Revolution. Now entering its fifth decade in power, the Iranian regime faces the paradox of any successful revolution: how to transmit the commitments of its political project to the next generation. New media ventures supported by the Islamic Republic attempt to win the hearts and minds of younger Iranians. Yet members of this new generation--whether dissidents or fundamentalists--are increasingly skeptical of these efforts. Iran Reframed offers unprecedented access to those who wield power in Iran as they debate and define the future of the Republic. Over ten years, Narges Bajoghli met with men in Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Ansar Hezbollah, and Basij paramilitary organizations to investigate how their media producers developed strategies to court Iranian youth. Readers come to know these men--what the regime means to them and their anxieties about the future of their revolutionary project. Contestation over how to define the regime underlies all their efforts to communicate with the public. This book offers a multilayered story about what it means to be pro-regime in the Islamic Republic, challenging everything we think we know about Iran and revolution.

Postrevolutionary Iran

Author: R. R. Asaadi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: History

Page: 223

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How have Iran’s political institutions evolved since the revolution? This book is first a study of the structure of Iran’s political institutions, of their composition and function in theory; and second an analysis of their evolution in practice over the first forty years of the Islamic Republic regime.

Alternative Iran

Author: Pamela Karimi

Publisher: Stanford University Press


Category: Art

Page: 431

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Alternative Iran offers a unique contribution to the field of contemporary art, investigating how Iranian artists engage with space and site amid the pressures of the art market and the state's regulatory regimes. Since the 1980s, political, economic, and intellectual forces have driven Iran's creative class toward increasingly original forms of artmaking not meant for official venues. Instead, these art forms appear in private homes with "trusted" audiences, derelict buildings, leftover urban zones, and remote natural sites. While many of these venues operate independently, others are fully sanctioned by the state. Drawing on interviews with over a hundred artists, gallerists, theater experts, musicians, and designers, Pamela Karimi throws into sharp relief the extraordinary art and performance activities that have received little attention outside Iran. Attending to nonconforming curatorial projects, independent guerrilla installations, escapist practices, and tacitly subversive performances, Karimi discloses the push-and-pull between the art community and the authorities, and discusses myriad instances of tentative coalition as opposed to outright partnership or uncompromising resistance. Illustrated with more than 120 full-color images, this book provides entry into unique artistic experiences without catering to voyeuristic curiosity around Iran's often-perceived "underground" culture.

Feeding Iran

Author: Rose Wellman

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: RELIGION

Page: 261

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Since Iran's 1979 Revolution, the imperative to create and protect the inner purity of family and nation in the face of outside spiritual corruption has been a driving force in national politics. Through extensive fieldwork, Rose Wellman examines how Basiji families, as members of Iran's voluntary paramilitary organization, are encountering, enacting, and challenging this imperative. Her ethnography reveals how families and state elites are employing blood, food, and prayer in commemorations for martyrs in Islamic national rituals to create citizens who embody familial piety, purity, and closeness to God. Feeding Iran provides a rare and humanistic account of religion and family life in the post-revolutionary Islamic Republic that examines how home life and everyday piety are linked to state power.

What is Iran?

Author: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Art

Page: 251

View: 618

An introduction to the domestic politics and international relations of Iran, unique in its use of art, poetry and music.

The Unfinished History of the Iran-Iraq War

Author: Annie Tracy Samuel

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: History

Page: 321

View: 752

An examination of how Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) view their history and their roles in the Iran-Iraq War.
Political Science

The Geopolitics of Iran

Author: Francisco José B. S. Leandro

Publisher: Springer Nature


Category: Political Science

Page: 612

View: 711

This book assesses Iran’s role in contemporary geopolitics. In particular, it examines three main intertwining circles: Iran’s development and political challenges, its relationships with neighbouring countries, as well as its relations with the major global powers — China, the European Union, Russia, and the United States. With contributions from over 20 authors, the book spans such critical aspects of contemporary geopolitics as modern history, natural resources, the economy, the social-political context, and strategic thinking. Particular focus is placed on Iran’s relations with its neighbours - Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, and the Persian Gulf States. Furthermore, the book offers both a bilateral and multilateral dimension on how nuclear sanctions imposed on Iran have impacted its strategic planning, from the economic and military perspectives.
Electronic books

Political Radicalism in Iran and Ahmadinejad's Presidencies

Author: Giorgia Perletta

Publisher: Springer Nature


Category: Electronic books

Page: 295

View: 727

"At a time when most analyses of Iran resort to simple binaries and over generalization, Perletta's book draws our attention to the many complexities that mark the country's politics. This meticulously research work, on one of the more tumultuous chapters of contemporary Iranian politics, is essential reading for anyone wishing to acquire a more complete understanding of Iran and its highly complex politics." --Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar "No personality encompasses and embodies the fluidity and the ideological complexities of the Islamic Republic as much as president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. By investigating his presidency Dr. Perletta shows how he utilised populism to garner popular support and upend pre-conceived notions among the political elite as well as outside observers of Iranian politics as to what constitutes radicalism, conservatism, and tradition. Dr Perletta's book is a welcome and incisive reframing of the political dynamics and spectrum in Iran. By critically re-examining ostensibly given categories such as reform and radicalism she invites the reader to analyse and understand the development of politics in the Islamic republic from new perspectives and angles." --Rouzbeh Parsi, Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden This book offers a critical deconstruction of radicalism as a political category and through this analytical approach seeks to interpret and assess the presidencies of the former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. It contextualizes radicalism within a broader framework of Western-derived political categories, which are too frequently used to simplify the complexities of Iran's domestic political landscape, generally reducing any comprehensive and objective understanding of Iranian politics. Since the term radicalism is often misrepresented and misused in readings of contemporary Iran, this study examines several analogous Persian and English labels, exploring their different meanings, significances, and varied applications, in order to challenge any fixed and universal interpretations of radicalism as a concept. The political experience of Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who has been widely perceived as a radical politician, provides an ideal case study in this regard, offering valuable insight into how best to frame and interpret radicalism in post-revolutionary Iran. This book will be of particular interest to both scholars and students of Iranian Studies, but also to more general readers who are broadly interested in Middle Eastern studies, political science, and comparative politics. Giorgia Perletta is Adjunct Lecturer of Iranian History and Politics at the Graduate School of Economics and International Relations (ASERI) in Milan, Italy, and Visiting Lecturer at the Prague University of Economics and Business, Czech Republic.

Revolutionary Monsters

Author: Donald T. Critchlow

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: History

Page: 320

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Lenin. Mao. Castro. Mugabe. Khomeini. All sparked movements in the name of liberating their people from their oppressors—capitalists, foreign imperialists, or dictators in their own country. These revolutionaries rallied the masses in the name of freedom, only to become more tyrannical than those they replaced. Much has been written about the anatomy of revolution from Edmund Burke to Crane Brinton Crane, Franz Fanon, and contemporary theorists of revolution found in the modern academy. Yet what is missing is a dissection of the revolutionary minds that destroyed the old for the creation of a more harmful new. Revolutionary Monsters presents a collective biography of five modern day revolutionaries who came into power calling for the liberation of the people only to end up killing millions of people in the name of revolution: Lenin (Russia), Mao (China), Castro (Cuba), Mugabe (Zimbabwe), and Khomeini (Iran). Revolutionary Monsters explores basic questions about the revolutionary personality, and examines how these revolutionaries came to envision themselves as prophets of a new age.
Social Science

The Global Handbook of Media Accountability

Author: Susanne Fengler

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Social Science

Page: 632

View: 212

The Global Handbook of Media Accountability brings together leading scholars to de-Westernize the academic debate on media accountability and discuss different models of media self-regulation and newsroom transparency around the globe. With examination of the status quo of media accountability in 43 countries worldwide, it offers a theoretically informed comparative analysis of accountability regimes of different varieties. As such, it constitutes the first interdisciplinary academic framework comparing structures of media accountability across all continents and creates an invaluable basis for further research and policymaking. It will therefore appeal to scholars and students of media studies and journalism, mass communication, sociology, and political science, as well as policymakers and practitioners.