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The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future – Book Salon Preview

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The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future

Chat with Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi about their new book. Hosted by Kelly Niknejad.

The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future

Edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel

A definitive collection of essays and documents on the movement behind Iran’s mass protests

Since June of 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seen the most dramatic political upheaval in its three decades of rule. What began as a series of mass protests over the official results of a presidential election—engendering the slogan “Where is My Vote?”—has grown into something much larger, indeed the largest political protest since the 1979 revolution.

The Green Movement has been described as “an Iranian intifada,” a “great emancipatory event,” a “grassroots civil rights movement a century in the making,” and “something quite extraordinary, perhaps even a social revolution.” What are the movement’s aims—are they revolutionary, reformist, or something else altogether? Does it have a chance of fundamentally changing Iranian politics or removing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office?

This momentous anthology explores these critical questions and others by assembling the key statements, communiqués, manifestos, interviews, and debates to have emerged from this vibrant social movement—many of which are translated and published here for the first time. This indispensable volume is the first to bring together the leading voices and key players in Iran’s Green Movement, providing an intellectual and political road map to this turning point in Iran’s history and a vital resource for the study of Iran, social movements, and the future of the Middle East.

Nader Hashemi teaches Middle East and Islamic politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies.

Danny Postel is the author of Reading “Legitimation Crisis” in Tehran: Iran and the Future of Liberalism. He is the editor of The Common Review and also works as communications coordinator for Interfaith Worker Justice. (Melville House Publishing)

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