The Iranian left is of great historical significance and a trend of direct relevance to the current situation in Iran and to the evolution of the struggle between 'reformers' and 'conservatives'. Even though the left has never held power in Iran, its impact on the political, intellectual and cultural development of modern Iran has been profound. This book's authors undertake a fundamental reexamination and reappraisal of the phenomenon of leftist activism in Iran, interpreted in the broadest sense, throughout the period of its existence up to and including the present. Reformers and Revolutionaries in Modern Iran brings together contrasting views about the balance sheet of a century of leftism in Iran.
Stephanie Cronin is Iran Heritage Fellow at University College, Northampton and Senior Research Associate in the History Department , SOAS, University of London. Her current work focuses on subaltern responses to modernity in Modern Iran.