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Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism (Paradigm) by Danny Postel

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The Iran depicted in the headlines is a rogue state ruled by ever-more-defiant Islamic fundamentalists. Yet inside the borders, an unheralded transformation of a wholly different political bent is occurring. A “liberal renaissance,” as one Iranian thinker terms it, is emerging in Iran, and in this pamphlet, Danny Postel charts the contours of the intellectual upheaval. Reading "Legitimation Crisis" in Tehran examines the conflicted positions of the Left toward Iran since 1979, and, in particular, critically reconsiders Foucault’s connection to the Iranian Revolution. Postel explores the various elements of the subtle liberal revolution and proposes a host of potential implications of this transformation for Western liberalism. He examines the appeal of Jürgen Habermas, Hannah Arendt, and Isaiah Berlin among Iranian intellectuals and ponders how their ideas appear back to us when refracted through a Persian prism. Postel closes with a thought-provoking conversation with eminent Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo. A provocative and incisive polemic highly relevant to our times, Reading "Legitimation Crisis" in Tehran will be of interest to anyone who wants to get beyond alarmist rhetoric and truly understand contemporary Iran.


Reviews (2)
Humin
Reading this book is like studying for an advanced degree. However, to understand the Middle East, you need to read everything you can get your hands on, even stuff that is above your head. And then read it again until it's not. This book will probably send you off to investigate other concepts, ideas and philosophies - which is good. A very timely read, given the current warmongering administration in this country - read this and arm yourself with knowledge. Understand why we should NOT attack Iran.
Minha
This is a brilliant outlook on the dilemma facing self anointed radicals in analyzing foreign policy: do they "meddle" in Iran's affairs or ignore to the point of confirming the very imperialism they seek to destroy. The book provides a guide for liberals to interact with Iran in a productive manner; Postel has crafted a multipart analysis of the challenges facing both radicals, and liberals alike in the realm of foreign affairs.

ISBN: 0976147572

Rating: 4.6/5

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ISBN13: 978-0976147572

Publisher: Prickly Paradigm Press; 74 edition (December 30, 2006)

Language: English

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Pages: 130

Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism (Paradigm)
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Author: Danny Postel
Title: Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism (Paradigm)