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Democracy in Modern IranIslam, Culture, and Political Change$
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Ali Mirsepassi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814795644

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814795644.001.0001

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Alireza Alavi-Tabar and Political Change

Alireza Alavi-Tabar and Political Change

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Democracy in Modern Iran

Ali Mirsepassi

NYU Press

This chapter details an interview with Alireza Alavi-Tabar, a leading Islamic intellectual and activist. The interview reveals the complex evolution that political perspectives have undergone through the decades of political practice following the Islamic Revolution, and explains the theoretical shift that brought them to view democracy as the primary end of all practice. The interview is set up within a larger theoretical discussion of the problem of modern revolution and social change linked to the heritage of the French revolutionary paradigm and the revolutionary experiences of the twentieth century leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of the 1980s. It also discusses the significance of the Iranian Revolution within the larger twentieth-century national revolutions between discourses of universal liberation and cultural authenticity.

Keywords:   Alireza Alavi-Tabar, Islamic Revolution, democracy, modern revolution, French revolutionary paradigm, Soviet Union, Iranian Revolution, universal liberation, cultural authenticity

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