A Rebel's Journey

Pages: 352
Subject: Middle East, History, Politics
Series: Radical Histories of the Middle East
Imprint: Oneworld

A Rebel's Journey

Mustafa Sho'aiyan and Revolutionary Theory in Iran

Peyman Vahabzadeh

This new entry in the Radical Histories of the Middle East series is the first in-depth study of Iran's maverick liberation theorist of the twentieth-century
9781786076205 (1 Aug 2019)
RRP £30.00 / US$40.00

The Book

Mostafa Sho'aiyan (1936-1975) was a leading Marxist intellectual in twentieth-century Iran and a prolific author of theory, history, fiction and poetry. In an era of repressive politics following the 1953 coup that toppled the democratically elected government of Mossadeq and restored the rule of the Shah, he became a key figure on the militant left. From a life underground Sho'aiyan contributed significantly to the study of Iranian history and politics, and developed a unique theory of revolution - one specific to Iran and yet also international in reach.

With A Rebel's Journey, Peyman Vahabzadeh provides the first intellectual biography of this singular theoretician, offering fascinating insights into his life and work. Vahabzadeh not only sets Sho'aiyan's thought in the context of their time and place, but offers an ambitious reconstruction of his revolutionary theory for the twenty-first century, setting out how it might contribute to today's expanding movements for social justice and liberation.

Additional Information

Subject Middle East, History, Politics
Series Radical Histories of the Middle East
Pages 352
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Peyman Vahabzadeh is Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria, where his research focuses on the power of collective action and social movements. He is the author of Violence and Nonviolence and editor of Iran's Struggles for Social Justice, among other works in English and Persian. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.