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Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906

Iran’s Constitutional Revolution of 1906


Narratives of the Enlightenment

edited by Ali M. Ansari

Format: Royal Hardback
Published: November 2016
Illustrations: 20 Colour Illustrations
Pages: 246
ISBN: 97819099429122

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The Constitutional Revolution of 1906 opened the way for enormous change in Persia, heralding the modern era and creating a model for later political and cultural movements in the region. Broad in its scope, this multidisciplinary volume brings together essays from leading scholars in Iranian Studies to explore the significance of this revolution, its origins, and the people who made it happen. As the authors show, this period was one of unprecedented debate within Iran s burgeoning press. Many different groups fought to shape the course of the Revolution, which opened up seemingly boundless possibilities for the country s future and affected nearly every segment of its society. Exploring themes such as the role of women, the use of photography, and the uniqueness of the Revolution as an Iranian experience, the authors tell a story of immense transition, as the old order of the Shah subsided and was replaced by new institutions, new forms of expression, and a new social and political order.
Ali Ansari is professor of Iranian history and founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews, as well as senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and president of the British Institute of Persian Studies. He is the author of numerous books, including The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran.


Introduction – Ali M Ansari

1. Iran’s Dialectic of the Enlightenment: Notes on Constitutional Experience and Conflicting Narratives of Modernity – Ali Gheissari

2. From Narrating History to Constructing Memory: The Role of Photography in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution – Elahe Helbig

3. The Enlightenment and Historical Difference: The Case of Iran’s Constitutional Revolution – Kamran Matin

4. Shrinking Borders and Expanding Vocabularies: Translation and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906 – Milad Odabaei

5. The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Influence of Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani’s Political Thought – Pejman Abdolmohammadi

6. Realism, Nationalism and Criticism: Iranian Enlightenment and the Philosophy of Literature in Mirza Fatali Akhundzade’s Words – Salour Evaz Malayeri

7. ‘To mean or not to mean?’ as the Underlying Question of Western-Inspired Counter-Enlightenment Discourse in Iran – Urs Goesken

8. In Search of the Secret Center in Constitutional Tabriz – Evan Siegel

9. Early Translations of Modern European Philosophy. On the Significance of an Under-Researched Phenomenon for the Study of Modern Iranian Intellectual History – Roman Seidel

10. Looking Back at Mashrutih: Late Pahlavi Narratives on the Constitutional Revolution – Siavush Randjbar-Daemi