The Iranian Revolution, 1977–79: Interaction and Transformation

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ABSTRACT Within a short time after the Iranian revolution of 1977-79, a number
of studies were published concerning the dramatic process. It was presumably the spectacular turn of events, comprehensive media coverage, and relatively long period of time over which the revolution took place that enhanced the attention it received, and still receives from academic research. Taking its point of departure in theories of revolution by Theda Skocpol, this article discusses the character of the revolution. The article problematises Skocpol’s theories through a discussion of the special characteristics of the Iranian Revolution, thus adding new dimensions to the comprehensive discussions of the dramatic developments. It is the article’s perspective that the revolution must be conceptualised as a complex and dynamic process involving a high degree of internal dynamism and unpredictability, which made possible a radical break from the past, the development of new constructs, and unintended consequences. The execution of a revolution resulting in a clerical dictatorship was made possible by the dialectical and creative interaction between the groups involved, an interaction that took place over the two years during which the revolution occurred.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Vol/bind41
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)483–497
ISSN1353-0194
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2014

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academic research
interaction
turn of events
Revolution
Interaction
dynamism
dictatorship
coverage
Group
time

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