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HIST 237 History of Modern Iran (4)

This course is an introduction to the history of the Modern Iran from the 17th century to the present. Primary documents and secondary readings will give students a broad understanding of some of the principle forces that have shaped the contemporary society of Iran and its relationship with other countries, providing a framework for further study.

The main themes and problems that this course engages with include the power structure in different dynasties such as the Safavids, the Qajars, and the Pahlavis; the power and role of religion, especially Shi'a Islam, in Iranian society and politics; first contacts with the West; revolutions and constitutionalism; strategic geography of the Persian Gulf; and oil as the motor engine of economy and foreign affairs of the country.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences; PDE; World Engagement: CV
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Sadeghian

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