"A major contribution to the field . . . one that will constitute an authoritative reference on recent Iranian history for decades to come."—Cosroe Chaqueri, author of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Iran
"This is a must read for those interested in understanding the ideological nuances of a movement that provided energy
and momentum for the 1979 Iranian revolution."—Ali Akbar Mahdi, author of Culture and Customs of Iran
Emerging in the early 1970s, the Organization of Iranian People’s Fadai Guerrillas (OIPFG) became one of the most important secular leftist political organizations in Iran. Despite their lasting influence and the way in which their efforts helped shape the history of Iran for decades to come, little is known about the group. A Guerrilla Odyssey presents the first comprehensive examination of the rise and fall of the Fadai urban guerrilla movement in Iran.
Drawing on exhaustive analyses of the published and unpublished works of the Fadai Guerrillas, as well as of archival material and interviews with activists, the author demonstrates historically and sociologically the conditions that surrounded the debut and demise of the urban guerrilla warfare that defined Iranian political life in the 1970s. Vahabzadeh offers a critique of various aspects of the Fadai’s theories of national liberation in an attempt to reconsider the painful relationship among modernization, secularism, and democracy in contemporary Iran. In addition, the author details the transformation of the revolutionary social movements of the 1960s and 1970s into the new, democratic social movements that emerged in the 1980s onward in the form of today’s women’s, student, and youth movements in Iran. A Guerrilla Odyssey is a meticulously researched and engrossing narrative that promises to be a major contribution to the field of Iranian history.
Peyman Vahabzadeh is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. He is the author of Articulated Experiences: Toward a Radical Phenomenology of Contemporary Social Movements.
6 x 9, 320 pages, 9 black and white illustrations