Call to Arms: Iran’s Marxist Revolutionaries

Pages: 528
Subject: History, Middle East, Politics
Series: Radical Histories of the Middle East
Imprint: Oneworld Academic

Call to Arms: Iran’s Marxist Revolutionaries

Formation and Evolution of the Fada'is, 1964–1976

Ali Rahnema

A groundbreaking study of the Iranian People's Fada'i Guerrillas, their ideology, actions and impact on the 1979 revolution
9781786079855 (7 Jan 2021)
RRP £35.00 / US$45.00

The Book

On 8 February 1971, Marxist revolutionaries attacked the gendarmerie outpost at the village of Siyahkal in Iran's Gilan Province. Barely two months later, the Iranian People's Fada'i Guerrillas officially announced their existence and began a long, drawn-out urban guerrilla war against the Shah's regime.

In Call to Arms, Ali Rahnema provides an exhaustive history of the Fada'is, beginning by asking why so many of Iran's best and brightest chose revolutionary Marxism in the face of authoritarian rule. He traces how radicalised university students from different ideological backgrounds morphed into the Marxist Fada'is in 1971, and sheds light on the ideological theory and practice of the Fada'is, their evolution and internal disputes. While the People's Fada'i Guerrillas failed to directly bring about the fall of the Shah, the political and psychological conditions they created, the ideals and archetypes they established, and the forces they put in motion, namely the student movement both in Iran and overseas, had a lasting impact on society and saw their objective achieved.

Additional Information

Subject History, Middle East, Politics
Series Radical Histories of the Middle East
Pages 528
Imprint Oneworld Academic


About the Author

Ali Rahnema is Professor of Economics at the American University of Paris. He is the author of An Islamic Utopian: A Political Biography of Ali Shari‘ati, Behind the 1953 Coup in Iran and Superstition as Ideology in Iranian Politics.