The Iranian Constitutional Revolution: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism / Edition 1

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Overview

During the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906 to 1911 a variety of forces played key roles in overthrowing a repressive regime. Afary sheds new light on the role of ordinary citizens and peasantry, the status of Iranian women, and the multifaceted structure of Iranian society.

Adds significantly to the recent body of excellent work on the important and exciting story of Iran's first twentieth-century revolution. Particularly in her discussion of neglected groups and classes, including women, peasants, and workers, Afary sheds major new light on their role in this epochal event, an event which is key to the understanding of twentieth-century Iranian and world history. (Nikki Keddie,, University of California, Los Angeles)

A thoroughly researched and highly detailed account of the formation of Iran&#180s first constitution, ratified on December 30, 1906, just a week before the death of Muzffar al-Din Shah. (Choice)

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Nikki Keddie
Adds significantly to the recent body of excellent work on the important and exciting story of Iran's first twentieth-century revolution. Particularly in her discussion of neglected groups and classes, including women, peasants, and workers, Afary sheds major new light on their role in this epochal event, an event which is key to the understanding of twentieth-century Iranian and world history.
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A thoroughly researched and highly detailed account of the formation of Iran´s first constitution, ratified on December 30, 1906, just a week before the death of Muzffar al-Din Shah.
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Meet the Author

Janet Afary is assistant professor of history and women's studies at Purdue University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology of the Major Events
Introduction 1
1 From Dependency to Resistance 17
2 Revolution in the Air 37
3 The First National Assembly, the Urban Councils, and the Iranian Organization of Social Democrats, 1906-1907 63
4 Clericalism or Constitutionalism? The Clash Over the Supplementary Constitutional Laws 89
5 Journalism, Satire, and Revolution: Exposing the Conservative Clerics, Denouncing the Western Powers 116
6 Peasants, Artisans, and Fishermen: From Land Reform and Parliamentary Opposition to Town and Village Councils 145
7 The Women's Councils and the Origins of the Women's Movement in Iran 177
8 The Civil War in Azerbaijan 211
9 International and Multiethnic Solidarity: The Revolutionary Forces Reconquer Tehran 228
10 The Second National Assembly and the Formation of Political Parties: The Democrat Party and Its Organ, Iran-i Naw 257
11 Assassination, Exile, and Imperialist Pressures: The Confrontation at Atabak Park 284
12 Imperialist Intervention: The "Strangling of Persia" 314
Notes 343
Glossary 399
Bibliography 403
Index 417
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