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Postgraduate Course: Ruling Iran: Great Kings, Shahs and Imams (IMES11048)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will allow students to explore the most important (and sometimes controversial) aspects of Persian monarch, and ruling authorities, including, personal charisma and their relationship with the divine, the role of the royal court and the architecture of displace, diplomacy, patronage, ceremony and warfare, and the role of royal women. Students will also engage with western myths of Persian shahs and with the image of the shahs in popular culture.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
& Assess, analyse and criticise the various forms of source materials.
& Develop a clear awareness of the main historical and cultural phenomena of monarchy and religious authority in Iran.
& Explore the importance of personal charisma and the ruling authorities relationship with the divine.
& Develop skills in interpreting primary texts in translation.
& Develop skills in interpreting primary material evidence.
Assessment Information
Students are expected to have read the material for each week and will be graded on their class participation through the semester, as well as on a 15 minute presentation. The breakdown for assessment is (15 minute) presentation/ participation 10%, essay (3000 words) 65%, and one other written assessment (1500 words) (to be determined with the course organiser) 25%.
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list On average three readings will be assigned each week as required reading. There is a longer reading list for each week from which students are expected to draw for their written work, as well as being encouraged to explore more widely.
In addition to the resources available in the library, students will find relevant material in a wide range of journals (available electronically).

Sample Bibliography

Arberry, A. (1958) Classical Persian Literature. London.

Arberry, A. (1954 and reprints). Persian Poems: An Anthology of Verse Translations. London.

Boyle, A. et al. (eds.). The Cambridge History of Iran Volume 5. The Saljuq and Mongol Periods. 1968.

Browne, E.G., A Literary History of Persia, Cambridge, 1924. 1-4
available free from:

Browne, E. G. (1914). The Press and Poetry of Modern Persia. Cambridge.

Brumberg, D. (2001). Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran.

Chelkowski, P. ed. (1979). Ta$ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran. New York.

$$. 1979. Ta$ziyeh: Indigenous Avant-Garde Theatre of Iran. In Ta$ziyeh: Ritual
and Drama in Iran, ed. Peter Chelkowski, pp. 1-11. New York.

$$. 1991. Popular Entertainment, Media and Social Change in Twentieth Century
Iran. In Cambridge History of Iran, Vol. 7: From Nadir Shah to the Islamic
Republic, 765-814, ed. Peter Avery et al. Cambridge.
Chittick, W. C. (1983). The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi. Albany.

Davis, D. (2006). Epic and Sedition: The case of the Ferdowsi&s Shahnameh. Washingtion D.C
De Bruijn J. T. P. (1997). Persian Sufi Poetry: Introduction to the Mystical Use of Classical Persian Poems. Richmond.
Gutas, D. (1998). Greek Though, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early Abbasid society. London.
Khomeini, R. (1981). Islam and Revolution: Writings and Declarations of Imam Khomeini, trans. Hamid Algar. Berkeley.

Oinas, F. J. (1978). Heroic Epic and Saga: An Introduction to the World&s Great Folk Epics. London.

Rypka, J. (1968). History of Iranian Literature. Dordrecht.
Schimmel, A. (1978). The Triumphal Sun: A Study of the Works of Jalal ud-Din Rumi. London.
Schimmel, A. (1992). A Two-Coloured Brocade: The Imagery of Persian Poetry. N. Carolina.

Yamamoto, K. (2003) The Oral Background of Persian Epics: Story telling and Poetry. Leiden.

Yarshater, E. ed. (, 1987). Persian Literature. New York.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Nacim Pak-Shiraz
Tel: (0131 6)50 8432
Course secretaryMrs Linda Grieve
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114
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