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Notes from Tehran (a Green Movement after the Arab Spring?)

“Notes from Tehran” is a series of reflections written during the summer of 2011 in Tehran, Iran. Two years after what has emerged as a “Green Movement”, it is the author’s critical understanding of the movement, its historical significance and the threat posed to it by what is characterized as its liberal and secularist articulations. The piece draws on critical reflections on conceptions of “religion” and “secularism” and argues for a historical understanding of such concepts in making sense of Iranian modern politics. The author pays attention to the history and the arrangement of various political and intellectual forces in Iran and identifies the lack of intellectual and political organization of the Iranian left as one of the most significant threats to the Green Movement. …