Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism

Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism

Janet Afary


In 1978, because the protests opposed to the Shah of Iran reached their zenith, thinker Michel Foucault used to be operating as a distinct correspondent for Corriere della Sera and le Nouvel Observateur. in the course of his little-known stint as a journalist, Foucault traveled to Iran, met with leaders like Ayatollah Khomeini, and wrote a chain of articles at the revolution. Foucault and the Iranian Revolution is the 1st book-length research of those essays on Iran, nearly all of that have by no means sooner than seemed in English. Accompanying the research are annotated translations of the Iran writings of their entirety and the now and then blistering responses from such contemporaneous critics as heart East pupil Maxime Rodinson in addition to reviews at the revolution by way of feminist thinker Simone de Beauvoir.

In this crucial and arguable account, Janet Afary and Kevin B. Anderson light up Foucault's help of the Islamist stream. in addition they express how Foucault's reviews in Iran contributed to a turning aspect in his inspiration, influencing his rules at the Enlightenment, homosexuality, and his look for political spirituality. Foucault and the Iranian Revolution informs present dialogue at the divisions that experience reemerged between Western intellectuals over the reaction to radical Islamism after September eleven. Foucault's provocative writings are hence crucial for knowing the background and the way forward for the West's courting with Iran and, extra mostly, to political Islam. of their exam of those journalistic items, Afary and Anderson provide a stunning glimpse into the brain of a celebrated thinker.

Please word: The electronic variation doesn't contain approximately 10 pages that seem within the actual version, including a newspaper interview with Foucault.

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