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Introduction Arang Keshavarzian and Ali Mirsepassi; 1. A quiet revolution: in the shadow of the cold war Ali Mirsepassi; 2. Globalizing the Iranian revolution: a multiscaler history Arang Keshavarzian; Part I. Global Shadows: 3. Seeing the worlds from a humble corner: a political memoir Ali Mirsepassi; 4. Iranian diasporic possibilities: tracing transnational feminist genealogies from the revolutionary margins Manijeh Moradian; Part II. Militarized Cartographies: 5. 'In a forest of humans': the urban cartographies of theory and action in 1970s Iranian revolutionary socialism Rasmus Elling; 6. Revolutionaries for life: the IRGC and the global guerrilla movement Maryam Alemzadeh; Part III. Hidden Genealogies: 7. 'A sky drowning in stars': global '68, the death of Takhti, and the birth of the Iranian revolution Arash Davari and Naghmeh Sohrabi; 8. 'We must have a defense build-up': the Iranian revolution, regional security, and American vulnerability Christopher Dietrich; Part IV. Circulating Knowledge: 9. The criminal is the patient, the prison will be the cure: building the carceral imagination in Pahlavi Iran Golnar Nikpour; 10. The cold war and education in science and engineering in Iran, 1953-1979 Hossein Kamali; Part V. Aspirational Universalisms: 11. Between illusion and aspiration: Morteza Avini's cinema and theory of global revolution Hamed Yousefi; 12. Planetarity: the anti-disciplinary object of Iranian studies Negar Mottahedeh.

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A multi-disciplinary approach, placing the 1979 Iranian revolution within global and transnational contexts, showing how the revolution became possible and consequential.

About the Author

Arang Keshavarzian is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace (2009). His articles have been published in journals including Politics and Society, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Geopolitics, Economy and Society, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He is currently a member of the editorial committee of Middle East Report and MERIP. Ali Mirsepassi is the Albert Gallatin Research Excellence Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Gallatin and in the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. In addition, he is the director of Iranian Studies Initiative and affiliated faculty at the NYU Sociology department. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Carnegie Scholar. He is the co-editor, with Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, of The Global Middle East, a book series published by Cambridge University Press. His most recent publication is Iran's Quiet Revolution: The Downfall of the Pahlavi State (2019).


'Serious scholarship perceives revolution as a fundamentally international or 'inter-social' process. Yet rarely are revolutions narrated as such. This important collection brings together valuable studies that uncover the overlooked global dimension of the Iranian revolution of 1979. Empirically rich and conceptually insightful, Global 1979 offers a perspective that presents revolution as a complex interplay of transnational effects and local experiences of perceived and real injustice.' Asef Bayat, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
'Highly original, theoretically sophisticated and meticulously researched, the contributions collected here represent a major breakthrough in scholarly efforts to understand the enigma of the 1979 revolution in Iran.' Stephanie Cronin, University of Oxford
'Transcending scholars' focus on causes and outcomes of 1979, this volume simultaneously de-exceptionalizes the revolution and illuminates its specifically Iranian mix of global backgrounds, relationships, and imaginations. Wonderful chapters covering a boy from a small town, the Fedai's Iranization of Brazilian insurgency, Takhti's 1968 funeral, and the IRGC's regional guerilla dimension will inspire Iranian and global historians alike.' Cyrus Schayegh, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

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