Iran: The ‘Spirit Of A Spiritless World’ – OpEd (2016)

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Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Iran: The ‘Spirit Of A Spiritless World’ – OpEd (2016), Eurasia Review: A Journal of Analysis and News 13 February 2016

On the occasion of the thirty seventh anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, we are compelled to revisit the unique insights of Michel Foucault, the late French philosopher, who observed the revolution first-hand and praised it as a liberation struggle with global connotations. As millions of Iranians across the nation partake in mass rallies to commemorate the revolution that dislodged a corrupt, US-backed monarchy with the blood, honor, courage and determination of an entire nation led by a “mythical chief,” to borrow from Foucault, the debate about this historical event and its significance and ranking in the annals of modern world revolutions persist.

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