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Iran has one of the planet’s highest rates of addiction. Maziyar Ghiabi‘s Drug Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019)...

Iran has one of the planet’s highest rates of addiction. Maziyar Ghiabi‘s Drug Politics: Managing Disorder in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2019) offers a fascinating, new, and nuanced perspective on the control and consumption of substances in Iran. Based on ethnographic and historical research, this fully Open Access book reveals the complex and at times progressive nature of drug policy in Iran.  The book showcases drug policy in Iran as well as the everyday lives of users. And, in doing so, Ghiabi argues that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s image as an inherently conservative state is not only misplaced and inaccurate, but in part a myth.

Maziyar Ghiabi is a Lecturer at the University of Oxford.


Lucas Richert is an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He studies intoxicating substances and the pharmaceutical industry. He also examines the history of mental health.