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Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906 and Narratives of the Enlightenment

The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 opened the way for enormous change in Persia, heralding the modern era and creating a model for later political and cultural movements in the region. Broad in its scope, this multidisciplinary volume brings together essays from leading scholars in Iranian Studies to explore the significance of this revolution, its origins, and the people who made it happen.
           
As the authors show, this period was one of unprecedented debate within Iran’s burgeoning press. Many different groups fought to shape the course of the Revolution, which opened up seemingly boundless possibilities for the country’s future and affected nearly every segment of its society. Exploring themes such as the role of women, the use of photography, and the uniqueness of the Revolution as an Iranian experience, the authors tell a story of immense transition, as the old order of the Shah subsided and was replaced by new institutions, new forms of expression, and a new social and political order.
 

336 pages | 16 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2016

History: Middle Eastern History

Middle Eastern Studies


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Table of Contents

            Introduction
            Ali M Ansari

1.         Iran’s Dialectic of the Enlightenment: Notes on Constitutional Experience and       Conflicting Narratives of Modernity
            Ali Gheissari

2.         From Narrating History to Constructing Memory: The Role of Photography in the Iranian             Constitutional Revolution
            Elahe Helbig

3.         The Enlightenment and Historical Difference: The Case of Iran’s Constitutional     Revolution
            Kamran Matin

4.         Shrinking Borders and Expanding Vocabularies: Translation and the Iranian           Constitutional Revolution of 1906
            Milad Odabaei

5.         The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the influence of Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani’s     Political Thought
            Pejman Abdolmohammadi

6.         Realism, Nationalism and Criticism: Iranian Enlightenment and the Philosophy of Literature in Mirza Fatali Akhundzade’s Works
            Salour Evaz Malayeri

7.         “To mean or not to mean?” as the underlying question of Western-inspired counter-            Enlightenment discourse in Iran
            Urs Goesken

8.         In Search of the Secret Center in Constitutional Tabriz
            Evan Siegel

9.         Early Translations of Modern European Philosophy. On the Significance of an Under-       Researched Phenomenon for the Study of Modern Iranian Intellectual History
            Roman Seidel

10.       Looking Back at Mashrutih: Late Pahlavi Narratives on the Constitutional Revolution
            Siavush Randjbar-Daemi

            Contributors
            Index

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