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Historical Context and Political Significance of the Premiership of Dr. Shapour Bakhtiar: A Retrospective after 30 Years


An Academic Conference (in Persian) Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Iranian Revolution of 1979


March 13-14, 2009
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.  Chicago, IL 60625

For More Information, Please Contact, telephone: 773-442-6126


This Conference is the Persian Program of The Past and Future(s) of Revolution: A Global Exploration: March 9-12, 2009

List of Confirmed Speakers and Presentation Titles

Foucault, the Frankfort School and the Iranian Revolution

Janet Afary, Keddie-Balzan Fellow at UCLA, Professor of History, Purdue University


The Pahlavi Regime and the National Front: The Roots of Conflict

Fakhreddin Azimi, Professor of History, University of Connecticut


The 1979 Iran: At the Intersection of Internal Upheaval and the Downfall of the Pax Americana.

Cyrus Bina, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics and Management, University of Minnesota, Morris


Bakhtiar, Khomeini and the Question of Bakhtiar's Resignation

Ladan Boroumand, Historian and Research Director, Dr. Abdorrahman Boroumand, Washington DC


A Reflection on Dr. Bakhtiar's Character

Reza Daneshvar, Novelist and Researcher (France)


Antecedents and Consequences of a Populist Revolution Transforming into an Islamic Revolution

Mehrdad Darvishpour, Professor of Sociology (Sweden)


The Clerics' View of Women during the Revolution of 1979

Fariba Davodi-Mahajer, Women's rights and Human Rights Activist (Washington DC)


A Study of the Structural Elements for Institutionalizing Democracy in Iran: A Comparative Study of 1977 and 2007 Census Data in Iran

Kazem Izadi, Former University Professor in Tehran, and Social Science Researcher (France)


Critical Elements in Institutionalizing Velayat Faghih (the Supreme Religious Leader) in the Revolution of 1979

Mohammad Jafari, Chief Editor of the Islamic Revolution Newspaper (published by the ex-president of the Islamic Republic, Abol-Hassan Bani Sadr), and Author (England)


Bakhtiar and the Press

Hadi Khorsandi, Satirist and the Editor and Writer for Asghar Agha Magazine (England)


Revolution, Shapour Bakhtiar and the Problematic of Dependency in Secular Oppositional Forces

Mehrdad Mashayekhi, Visiting Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University, Washington DC


Popular Uprising and Failure of Liberal Reforms in Iran

Misagh Parsa, Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire


The Victory of the Islamists in the Revolution of 1979 in Iran: A Critical Review of the Role of the Secular Forces

Shahla Shafigh, Author and Researcher (France)


Recollecting the Critical Events of 37 Days of Dr. Bakhtiar's Premiership

Rahim Sharifi, Editor of Sahand Journal, Paris, France, and the lifelong ally and colleague of Dr. Bakhtiar (France)


The Ideals of Dr. Shapour Bakhtiar for Accepting the Premiership in the Final Days of Revolution

Javad Talee, Member of the Managing Council of Iranian Journalists and Reporters in the Revolution of 1979, and Journalist (Germany)


The Legacy of Constitutionalism in Iranian Movements for Democracy

Fariba Zarinebaf, Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Riverside


Dr. Bakhtiar's Premiership: An Endeavor Seeking to Revive the Constitution of the Revolution of 1906

Hamid Zolnour, A Lifelong Member of Iran Party (France)

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