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A Rebel's Journey: Mostafa Sho'aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran - Radical Histories of the Middle East (Hardback)
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A Rebel's Journey: Mostafa Sho'aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran - Radical Histories of the Middle East (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 01/08/2019
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Following the 1953 coup that toppled the democratically elected government of Mossadeq and restored the rule of the Shah in Iran, Mostafa Sho`aiyan became a key figure on the country's militant left. From a life underground he contributed significantly to the study of Iranian history and politics, and developed a unique theory of revolution.

A Rebel's Journey provides fascinating insights into the life and work of this singular theoretician. Peyman Vahabzadeh sets Sho`aiyan's thought in the context of his time and place, and explores how his revolutionary theory might contribute to today's expanding movements for social justice and liberation.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781786076205
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`An original intellectual, a prolific writer, a poet, a Marxist theorist, a revolutionary leader, a critical thinker, a visionary of a future that never was - what strange interpreter of dreams has Peyman Vahabzadeh unearthed from the forgotten layers of a people's history. We once thought Mostafa Sho`aiyan was a mirage - in this utterly brilliant work of revolutionary love you'll learn he was for real.' -- Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
`This is an elegant and original account of the life, times, and intellectual and theoretical contributions of the Iranian revolutionary Mostafa Sho`aiyan. It is, in particular, a timely work, emphasising Sho`aiyan's continuing relevance in an era of "savage, globalised capitalism".' -- Stephanie Cronin, Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Research Fellow, University of Oxford
`An elegiac meditation on one of the most sophisticated revolutionary political theorists of modern Iran. Meticulously researched, A Rebel's Journey resituates Sho`aiyan's long-neglected oeuvre at the center of the Iranian intellectual history and the history of anti-colonial liberation struggles of the Global South.' -- Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
`Deeply informed and passionately engaged, this is an exceptional work of scholarship, reconstructing the life and thought of pre-revolutionary Iran's most exceptional figure on the left... Vahabzadeh has done a wonderful job of intellectual restoration and remembering, while showing an intriguing path forward to the revolutionaries of our time.' -- Afshin Matin-Asgari, Professor of Middle East History, California State University, Los Angeles
`An outstanding interpretive and critical overview of the vast body of Mostafa Sho`aiyan's writings. Peyman Vahabzadeh masterfully reveals Sho`aiyan's cosmopolitan and frontal theory of rebellion, and his singular and uncanonical leftism.' -- Mojtaba Mahdavi, Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta

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