From Cultural Revolution to cultural engineering

Cultural policy in post-Revolutionary Iran

Authored by: Ali Akbar Tajmazinani

The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138857827
eBook ISBN: 9781315718408
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With the victory of an Islamic Revolution in 1979 in Iran, the cultural landscape of the country experienced a dramatic transformation both at the grassroots level and the formal structural levels. The most notable policy development with direct impact for cultural policy in this phase was the issuance of Ayatollah Khomeini’s mandate to undertake a ‘Cultural Revolution’ in various aspects of society. The ‘Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution’ was established and activated. A complete revision in the educational system and other public spheres was one of the main features. The Council has remained as the main policymaking authority until now and has directly formulated policies, while influencing other policies adopted by various administrative and legislative institutions.

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