This is the first of talk in the new MENA-X (Middle East/North Africa Exchange) lecture series, happening every Thursday at the Levantine Cultural Center. MENA-X presents incisive talks with experts and guest moderators to help us better understand the complexities of life on the ground in the Middle East and North Africa.
This definitive collection of essays and documents on the movement behind Iran's mass protests will be presented by the anthology's co-editor, Nader Hashemi, with readings by fellow contributors Reza Aslan and Muhammad Sahimi. According to Publishers Weekly, The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future is "a rich, consistently engaging anthology." Ali Mirsepassi calls it "the most impressive collection of writings on one of the most inspiring and democratic movements of our time."
Reza Aslan, Nader Hashemi and Professor Muhammad Sahimi will discuss the Green movement in Iran and explore it in connection with current developments in the wider region—including Libya, Bahrain, Egypt, Syria, Palestine. Since June of 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran has seen the most dramatic political upheaval in its three decades of rule. What began as a series of mass protests over the official results of a presidential election—engendering the slogan "Where is My Vote?"—has grown into something much larger, indeed the largest political protest since the 1979 revolution.
The Green Movement has been described as "an Iranian intifada," a "great emancipatory event," a "grassroots civil rights movement a century in the making," and "something quite extraordinary, perhaps even a social revolution." What are the movement's aims—are they revolutionary, reformist, or something else altogether? Does it have a chance of fundamentally changing Iranian politics or removing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office?
This momentous anthology explores these critical questions and others by assembling the key statements, communiqués, manifestos, interviews, and debates to have emerged from this vibrant social movement—many of which are translated and published here for the first time. This indispensable volume is the first to bring together the leading voices and key players in Iran's Green Movement, providing an intellectual and political road map to this turning point in Iran's history and a vital resource for the study of Iran, social movements, and the future of the Middle East.