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Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution After the Enlightenment

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi


The book advances a novel reading of Foucault’s writings on the Iranian revolution and further shows how his encounter with the revolution informs his later lectures on ethics, spirituality, and enlightenment. Foucault saw in the revolution, particularly in its religious expression, an instance of his anti-teleological philosophy, a revolution that did not simply fit into the normative progressive discourses of history. What attracted him to the Iranian revolution was its ambiguity, precisely the same feature for which his critics ridiculed him. Rather than his fascination with death or his ab ... More

Keywords: Michel Foucault, Iranian revolution, aesthetics of violence, the man in revolt, political spirituality, governmentality, discipline, religion, teleology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780816699483
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816699483.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign