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Was the 1979 Revolution in Iran Hijacked by the Mullahs? Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

When: Monday, January 29, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, 1-515 (The Forum), 1880 Campus Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


A dominant view of in the historiography of contemporary Iran holds that the revolution of 1979 was appropriated by the clergy and remade into an Islamic revolution. In this talk, Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi will argue that this view is based on a binary understanding of the revolutionary actors, divided into secular and Islamist, that does not correspond to the realties of the revolutionary movement as it unfolded in its preceding years.


Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Islam and Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran (2008), Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution (2016), and Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment (2016).

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