- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Melville House (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935554387
- ISBN-13: 978-1935554387
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future Paperback – January 25, 2011
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Hashemi (Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy) and Postel (Reading "Legitimation Crisis" in Tehran) offer a rich, consistently engaging anthology that makes an important effort to provide "an intellectual and political roadmap" to understanding Iran's tumultuous 2009 presidential election—the charges of vote rigging, the protests, and deadly government crack-down. Featuring essays and interviews by Iran experts, including Juan Cole, Reza Aslan, and Shirin Ebadi, the volume touches on protesters' motivations, the emergence of the Green Movement and its amorphous nature, and whether it can effect change—even as hard-liners maintain their firm grip on Iran's security, bureaucracy, and economy. The editors' choices lead to the unequivocal conclusion that the regime's domestic legitimacy now lies in tatters—and the facts, analysis, shading, and nuance these pieces provide will allow the reader to better understand whatever direction Iran may take in the future. (Mar.)
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"Hashemi and Postel offer a rich, consistently engaging anthology that makes an important effort to provide 'an intellectual and political roadmap' to understanding Iran's tumultuous 2009 presidential election...the facts, analysis, shading, and nuance these pieces provide will allow the reader to better understand whatever direction Iran may take in the future."
"In bringing together these essential texts from and about Iran's Green movement, Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel have opened the door for critical engagement with one of the most significant movements in the Middle East today."
—Orhan Pamuk, 2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature
"The editors of this collection have put together an extraordinary resource to help further the development of democracy and social justice in Iran. It brings together vital contributions to the debate about Iran's future and invites all those concerned with this future to become active participants in its definition."
—David Held, London School of Economics & Political Scicence
"This anthology illuminates the ethical demands at the core of Iran's Green Movement, one of the most vibrant and promising social forces on the global horizon. The People Reloaded plunges is into a defining conflict of modern political history: how nonviolent democratic resistance might succeed in the face of a repressive regime. Defeat often seems inevitable and change never seems to come fast enough. And then, all of a sudden, the dam bursts, time accelerates and nothing can stop it. This welcome volume provides an anatomy of how this process is unfolding in Iran today, whatever its eventual outcome."
—Simon Critchley, New School for Social Research
"Words, yes, words and justice and bodies--that's all the Iranian human earthquake called the Green Movement has had on its side from the start of is peaceful insurrection. The bodies have been beaten and jailed and persecuted and the justice is a long time coming, but the words, the indispensable words that have always been at the heart of that country's history, the words are finally available in one crucial and moving and thought-provoking book. Here is proof--as if Gandhi needed proof, as if King needed proof--that the people of Iran will prevail."
—Ariel Dorfman, playwright and author
"The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future includes very insightful, informative, and original brief analyses by outstanding Iran specialists such as Asef Bayat, Ervand Abrahamian, Fred Halliday, Reza Aslan, Juan Cole, and Robin Wright. Readers may take their pick among numerous readable articles from inside and outside Iran and find new and varied views that shed much light on the genesis, development, and future of this important movement."
—Nikki Keddie, Author of Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution
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This book is well designed to give someone with minimal knowledge of Iran's current politics and recent past a comprehensive overview of the last couple years and the historical context that shaped them. Numerous details and stories emerge beyond the wrenching pictures that began the summer of 2009--with the post electoral drama that captivated our attention until Michael Jackson died. I highly recommend this very accessible paperback to familiarize yourself more deeply with a nation that has a central role to play if we are ever going to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Hashemi's contributions to analyzing the development of democracy hold great value. The path to democracy in the West was far from a straight line and it took centuries to arrive where it is. It is important to value the quest for democracy in the Muslim world and do all we can to help them. For the US, that means mostly just getting out of their way and discontinuing our support for antidemocratic forces, and our policies which strengthen authoritarians directly or indirectly. See Hashemi's other book Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy.