Annals political social sc


Iran’s French Revolution. Religion, Philosophy, and Crowds.

Roxanne Varzi


It is difficult for many to grasp how and why Islam would remain a powerful form of protest against Islamic governments. Going back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to explore the work and lives of two important pre–Iranian Revolution thinkers, I will show how Shiite Islam came into play with postcolonial and postmodern theories to bring about the Islamic Revolution—which explains why 30 years later, Islam continues to provide a framework for protest among those disillusioned by the Islamic Republic.


Islam, philosophy, revolution, Iran, Western philosophy.

Source : VARZI, R., « Iran’s French Revolution: Religion, Philosophy, and Crowds », dans The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 637, no.1, 2011, p. 53-63.

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