Judge a book by its cover, but look closely before you do

Cover story–literally the story behind why I chose this cover image for my book, Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings (published at The Iranian under the title: “Judge a book by its cover, but look closely before you do”).
Excerpt: “The faceless woman that graces the book’s cover indeed epitomizes the wider participation of activist women in every stage of this history, from campaigning in the run-up to the election and mobilizing against its results, to throwing themselves into melees to protect attackers caught by angry demonstrators, and providing the posterboy of the movement, who was not Mousavi but a ‘postergirl’—Neda Agha Soltan (d. June 20, 2009)…Mousavi is featured on the cover but he is not its central focus. While the opposition gathered under the cover of his presidential campaign and then morphed into a protest movement after the disputed election results, the uprising was about much more than him.”
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Quick Thoughts: Pouya Alimagham on the Assassination of Iranian Nuclear Physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

My “Quick Thoughts” for Jadaliyya on the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Excerpt: “…if the entire premise of the sanctions regime was to pressure Iran to renegotiate the JCPOA, and no negotiations are to be had now that Trump is on his way out, why is he continuing to impose more sanctions on Iran? The explanation is that the purpose of the sanctions is the same as that of the assassination of Fakhrizadeh; it was never about Iran’s civilian nuclear program, but about ensuring that the US and Iran remain enemies.”

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Book Review: Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings

Book Review: “Even more remarkable, and as the title of Alimagham’s work clearly reflects, the author aims at understanding how the legacy of the 1978-1979 Iranian Revolution affected the popular protests that emerged three decades later. He convincingly defends the thesis that rather than directly contesting the Islamic Republic, the Green Movement sought to appropriate and reprogram the revolutionary symbols and history. In other words, the protesters challenged the Islamic government on its own terms…Professor Pouya Alimagham has written a book that challenges many received wisdoms about the Islamic Republic of Iran and will prove to be of great value to scholars of modern Iran. At the same time, and because of its grounding on more general social protest and revolution theory, ‘Contesting the Iranian Revolution’ has the potential to contribute to broader debates in social sciences.”
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Book Talk at the Association of Iranian Professionals

See info here.

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UCI Book Talk

I’ll be giving a book talk at UCI on Friday, November 20. Check here for info and registration.

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Boston University

I’m teaching a course at BU for the first time–and it’s been an amazing experience being with these students under these circumstances. I’m still teaching full-time at MIT, but very much enjoying teaching an additional course at BU–despite the heavy workload.

The course focuses on modern Iran.

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Interview with Jadaliyya

My interview with Jadaliyya on my book–Excerpt: “While the book is based on my PhD dissertation, it is very much autobiographical—even though I am not directly present in the book. There are a few footnotes that include some relevant family history, but I do not speak in the first person beyond a disclaimer in the introduction. This is probably true of many Iranians who grew up in the United States and write about Iran; it is a history that not only shapes us but has followed us here. As such, much of what I have written and taught, even as an undergraduate when I student-ran a course on modern Iran at UC Berkeley, is rooted in the Iranian Revolution. That is precisely why this history is fascinating; these roots not only ground us but they have shaped our past, present, and future—and that is how the Green Uprising came to my attention. It harnessed the history, symbols, and dominant ideology of the Iranian Revolution to contest the outcome of that very revolution, the Islamic Republic.”

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