The Constitutional Revolution This is not the place to provide a full narrative account of the Constitutional Revolution, and the reader will be able to find really strong historical or poetic accounts in either the books I am talking about here or historical novels such as Amin Malouf’s Samarkand. Unfortunately, this is not the place […]Read more "Their Engineering Students and Ours 4: The Constitutional Revolution"
The Tobacco Revolt and The Birth of the Middle Classes The Constitutional Revolution was the first revolutionary popular challenge to royal absolutism and imperialism in Iran. To see how and why this came to be, we have to trace its development, in a the struggle for reform which predated it, in particular the struggle against concession […]Read more "Their Engineering Students and Ours Part 3: The Birth of the Middle Classes"
Iran: Between Two Revolutions Abrahamian point outs that the neo-colonial coup of 1953 arrived in a country that had already been through its first two periods of mass politics, mass left movements and something like the beginning of democracy. Not only had the Constitutional Revolution and its aftermath announced the emergence of the Iranian “nation” […]Read more "Their Engineering Students and Ours: Part 2"
Their Engineering Students and Ours Three Books by Ervand Abrahamian and Some Others by Some Other People “I had a dream, someone will come. I had a dream, someone is coming- for sure… …he can make the Allah neon, on the top of the mosque, become bright and green again. …It is so good to […]Read more "Their Engineering Students and Ours: Part 1"
Whilst I am doing some work at Gallery 2 as part of the Science Festival, I’m using at as some time to reach out to some new community groups for our upcoming projects, whilst at the same time trying to explore some issues that will inform our work over the next two years. One of […]Read more "Residency at Gallery 2 notes- inter cultural symptoms of the rise of a new (old) populism"
It’s not clear to what extent the removal of sanctions can be seen as a victory for the Iranian regime, as some have argued. Less still is it clear that the removal of sanctions in Iran is a blow to the movement for democracy and social justice in the region broadly, or in Syria or […]Read more "“We have no objections, but we are not optimistic”: Sanctions, Iran and Syria."
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There is an endless supply of people who are ready and willing to inform us about what we are doing wrong, and how we can alter our behaviour so we can get ahead and inject magic and happiness into our lives. Between modern day guru Gala Darling who believes “positive thoughts generate…