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1 - Situating the 2009 Green Uprising

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 February 2020

Pouya Alimagham
Affiliation:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Chapter 1 provides a theoretical introduction to the Green Uprisings of 2009, situating the Green Movement in a genealogy of Iranian history that is informed by the country’s past, and especially by the Iranian Revolution of 1978‒1979. Since the Iranian Revolution draws on specific moments of Islamic history, including the Battle of Karbala, this history is summarized for introductory purposes. Through this history and historiography, the reader can assess the lesser-known victories that have long-term implications for the future of Iran’s experiment with Islamic government—the “post-Islamist turn.” The chapter also makes the case for the research methodology of the book, and includes an outline of the five subsequent chapters. It ends with an important disclaimer in terms of who can speak for such a multi-faceted history so recent that it is still connected emotionally to countless people.

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Contesting the Iranian Revolution
The Green Uprisings
, pp. 1 - 32
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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