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The three articles compiled here are based on a panel discussion held at the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU-ISMC) on 23 May 2019.

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, its aim was to revisit the debate on the causes and impact of the revolution for Iran and beyond.

Three questions in particular guided the interdisciplinary dialogue and political reflections on this world historical event: How should we analyse the conditions underpinning the revolutionary dynamics in Iran in the global context of the 1970s? How should the Iranian Revolution be analysed in an historical-comparative perspective? And, what is the legacy, or rather, the multiple legacies, of the revolution for the political struggles in Iran and the Middle East today

Table of Contents

- Introduction / Sevgi Adak

- The Contentious Complexities of Ineluctability of the Iranian Revolution / Touraj Atabaki

- Revolutions and Women’s Rights: The Iranian Revolution in Comparative Perspective / Valentine M. Moghadam

- The Iranian Left, Radical Change, and the National Question / Kamran Matin

Publication Information

Aga Khan University-ISMC, London, 2019


Abdou Filali-Ansary Occasional Paper Series




ISSN 2633-8890


Iran, Revolution, Women’s rights, Iranian Left

40 Years On: Reflections on the Iranian Revolution