Khalil Maleki

Pages: 272
Subject: Middle East, History, Biography, Politics
Series: Radical Histories of the Middle East
Imprint: Oneworld

Khalil Maleki

The Human Face of Iranian Socialism

Homa Katouzian

The first biography of one of Iran's most original socialist thinkers and activists
9781786072931 (5 Apr 2018)
RRP £30.00 / US$45.00

The Book

Khalil Maleki (1901-1969) was a selfless campaigner for democracy and social welfare. He adopted a unique approach to politics, prioritising the criticism of policies detrimental to his country's development over the pursuit of power itself. He was also an acute political theorist who at every stage from the 1940s to the 1960s put forward ideas, virtually all of which have proven prescient.

Homa Katouzian provides a fascinating portrait of this inspiring figure who was involved in some of the major turning points in the twentieth-century Iranian history, from the split of the communist Tudeh party to the 1953 coup and its aftermath. In an age of political intolerance and uncompromising confrontation, Maleki remained an indefatigable advocate for open political discussion and peaceful reform - a stance that saw him jailed several times. In Khalil Maleki we see his political life in full for the very first time.

Additional Information

Subject Middle East, History, Biography, Politics
Series Radical Histories of the Middle East
Pages 272
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Homa Katouzian is the Iran Heritage Foundation Research Fellow at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on Iranian history, society and literature. In 2013 he was awarded the first SINA Outstanding Achievement Award for Exceptional Contributions in Humanities.


Khalil Maleki is not only an authoritative and insightful account of the political life and ideas of Iran's foremost democratic socialist during the middle decades of the twentieth century, but an erudite and incisive analysis of the country's intellectual and political history through that fateful century. It is based on a wealth of primary sources and the author's own lifetime of prodigious scholarship.'

- Ali Banuazizi, Professor of Political Science, Boston College

‘A major contribution to the recovery of the rich, but lesser-known, tradition of the Iranian Left. Khalil Maleki's life, and his intellectual journey, tell the story of the complicated road Iran travelled in its desire to achieve a "national” modernity, and to be at "home” with the modern world. In this context, Dr Katouzian's work deserves considerable scholarly attention for its achievement.'

- Ali Mirsepassi, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University

‘Drawing on his lifetime's work on Iranian modern history, Homa Katouzian has provided us with a rich and authoritative account of Khalil Maleki's political and intellectual life.'

- Roham Alvandi, Associate Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science

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