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Review: The Paradox of Liberation by Michael Walzer

61WzUWB37eL._SL1500_The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, by Michael Walzer (Yale University Press, £16.99)

When the Islamic Revolution erupted in Iran in 1979, secular leftists around the world reacted with confusion. How could religious atavism be mobilising millions in a country that had become more western, modern and, apparently, secular under the rule of the Shah? Michael Walzer’s new book, which is based on lectures he gave at Yale University in 2013, is in part about the conundrum that religiously inspired political…

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