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Foucault in IranIslamic Revolution After the Enlightenment$
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Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816699483

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816699483.001.0001

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Misrepresenting the Revolution, Misreading Foucault

Misrepresenting the Revolution, Misreading Foucault

(p.75) 3 Misrepresenting the Revolution, Misreading Foucault
Foucault in Iran

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter shows why Foucault’s critics misunderstood his writings on the Iranian revolution. This misunderstanding, the chapter argues, is based both on a misreading of Foucault’s critique of the Enlightenment rationality and a misrepresentation of the scope and objectives of the revolution.

Keywords:   critique of Enlightenment rationality, revisionist history, representations of Shi‘i, Shari‘ati, Ayatollah Khomeini, Afary and Andelson, Islamic fundamentalism

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