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Josh Strawn’s Jewcy Summer Book: Foucault And The Iranian Revolution

Granted the title is a bit academic, but it might have been chosen because How The Queer Cheered For the Fag Slaughtering Ayatollahs wouldn't have gone over with the authors' colleagues at Perdue. Afary and Anderson's study of French philosopher … Read More

By / July 16, 2007

Granted the title is a bit academic, but it might have been chosen because How The Queer Cheered For the Fag Slaughtering Ayatollahs wouldn't have gone over with the authors' colleagues at Perdue. Afary and Anderson's study of French philosopher Michel Foucault's adoration for the Islamist elements of the Iranian Revolution, goes a long way toward demystifying the odd affinities between today's academic left and reactionary Islamism. Foucault is a colossal presence in the imagination of many liberals who today are confronted by Islamic radicalism, which should frighten anyone who reads this examination of a brief but damning period in Foucault's intellectual career. All of Foucault's writings on the Revolution are included and many are available for the first time in English.

Want to get an idea for why liberals, progressives, feminists, and leftists today are so often insufficiently revolted by a patently totalitarian movement? Read Afary on Foucault.

(see video interviews with the authors here.)

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