Forty years following the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79, the narratives of the revolution and its discourse are still very dominant, not only among Iranian elites inside the country, but also in the everyday life of non-elites, when people recall and cry out the revolution’s mottos either in paradoxical or cynical forms. In people’s recollections of the revolution, there is often a reference to the ‘golden period of prosperity’ prior to the revolution. By revisiting the rapid, albeit uneven economic and social development which Iran experienced during the last 15 years of Pahlavi rule (1962-1977), this paper intends to reflect on the question of the inevitability or the degree to which the Iranian Revolution could have been averted through the interaction between state and society, with reference to both economy and culture.
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||The Aga Khan University|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Dec 2019|