The Other Iran: Unintended Modernity in the Islamic Republic

Thu, May 3, 2018, 12:30 pm to 1:50 pm
Location: 
Louis Simpson - A71
Audience: 
Free, Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Sponsor(s): 
Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

The untold story of the Islamic Revolution is how the lives of the poor, especially in rural areas, have been transformed in post-revolutionary Iran. The talk examines how the Revolution’s populism achieved a more inclusive growth by expanding basic infrastructure, family planning, and education to rural areas. These policies expanded the size of the middle class and modernized the Iranian society in intended and unintended ways.  The talk provides the empirical basis for understanding the nature of the current demands for economic and social reform in Iran.  

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