On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today - Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought (Hardback)
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On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today - Suspensions: Contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamicate Thought (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 10/10/2013
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On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today is the first comparative analysis of two central political events that have altered our world forever: the Arab uprisings which started in Tunisia, and the Iranian revolution in 1979. Adib-Moghaddam demonstrates how contemporary forms of protest are changing our understanding about the way power and resistance function. In a theoretical tour de force which is substantiated with a range of primary material, he argues that acts of protest in Tehran to Cairo can be entirely linked to the same act in New York, London, Madrid and Athens. Breaking through the east/west, north/south divide, Adib-Moghaddam shows how the Arab revolts promise to shift the discourse away from the idea that Arabs and Muslims are peculiar, that "Middle Eastern Studies" cannot be linked to political theory, that the dynamics of rebellion "there" are fundamentally different from the politics of revolt "here". Adib-Moghaddam argues that the dialectics of power and resistance are truly universal and that they are unfolding within a globalised political context that is increasingly interconnected. In order to illuminate this argument theoretically, the study is organised around conceptual terms that feed into forms of power and resistance, such as revolution, radicalism, dissent, knowledge, neighbour and reform. These terms and concepts are discussed and deconstructed via an empirical discussion of pivotal events beyond the non-western world, demonstrating that for a long time, and without realising it, we have been living in the end times of unitary categories such as "west" and "east."

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472511898
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 532 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
[Arshin Adib-Moghaddam] has completed a thorough analysis comparing regional social movements ... Expertly articulated. -- Patrick Hall * International Policy Digest *
[The book] expands and recombines the eclectic essays contained in Adib-Moghaddam's four earlier books. He excels in subjecting well-worn concepts ... to a vigorous theoretical scrubbing. * International Journal of Middle East Studies *
Amid the plethora of recent books on the 2011 Arab uprisings, Adib-Moghaddam has written a compelling and original work on the global interconnectedness of power and resistance. This is a book that is both empirically and theoretically rich, placing the revolutions of Iran in 1978-79 and the Arab world in 2011 in a larger, global context. It should be essential reading for anyone interested in the serious study of contemporary Middle Eastern politics, revolutions, and social movements. -- Mehran Kamrava, author of "The Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War"
The unfolding Arab revolutions have challenged all our historical and theoretical frames of references and refuse to be assimilated backward into our inherited regimes of knowledge in any number of disciplines but most emphatically in the categorically overcome field of "Middle Eastern Studies." In his On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today, Arshin Adib-Moghaddam has brought his formidable intellectual capacities to provide a groundbreaking comparative assessment of these revolutions in such a solid and provocative way that no future study can ignore or soon surpass. -- Hamid Dabashi, author of "Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism" (2011)

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