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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Postgraduate Course: From Shahs to Ayatollahs: The History of Modern Iran (IMES11052)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all 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 descriptionThe main objectives of this course will be the understanding of the complex processes of state-formation in the modern Middle East via the consideration of one such country, Iran, from the period when its borders first approximated those which presently obtain through to the formation of the Islamic Republic in the 1980s to today. The course aims also to develop further students┐ abilities to do secondary-source research and to present oral and written work clearly and effectively while also honing their analytical skills analytical skills and improving their interactive capacities. This course is jointly taught with undergraduate students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The main objectives of this course will be the understanding of the complex processes of state-formation in the modern Middle East via the consideration of one such country, Iran, from the period when its borders first approximated those which presently obtain through to the formation of the Islamic Republic in the 1980s to today. The course aims also to develop further students┐ abilities to do secondary-source research and to present oral and written work clearly and effectively while also honing their analytical skills analytical skills and improving their interactive capacities.
Assessment Information
3000 word main essay (65%);
1500 word minor assignment (25%);
Class presentation/participation (10%)
Special Arrangements
PG Version
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Selected Bibliography:

1. Likely Required Readings (all works to be made available via WebCT except as noted)

Mongraphs:

E. Abrahamian, A History of Modern Iran, Cambridge, 2008. ML

Cambridge History of Iran. (8 vols.). Cambridge, 1968┐1991). ML

N. Keddie, ed., Religion and politics in Iran : Shi┐ism from Quietism to Revolution, New Haven, 1983 ML

N. Keddie, Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution, New Haven and London, 2003, 2006. CL, ML

A. Newman, Safavid Iran: Rebirth of a Persian Empire, London, 2006. CL, ML

2. Supplemental Bibliography

E. Abrahamian, Iran Between Two Revolutions, Princeton, 1982. ML

E. Abrahamian, Radical Islam: the Iranian Mojahdein, London, 1989. ML

S. Akhavi, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran, Clergy-State Relations in the Pahlavi Period (Albany: SUNY Press, 1980). ML

S. Akhavi, ┐Shariati┐s Social Thought┐, in N. Keddie, ed., Religion and Politics in Iran (1983), 125-44.

A. Amanat, Pivot of the Universe : Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy, 1831-1896, London, 1997. ML

J. Al-e Ahmad, Gharbzadegi : Weststruckness, Costa Mesa, 1997

H. Algar, Religion and the State in Iran, 1785-1906, the Role of the Ulama in the Qajar Period, Berkeley and London, 1969. (ML, CL)

A.M. Ansari, Iran, Islam and democracy : the politics of managing change, London, 2000. ML

A,M. Ansari, Modern Iran since 1921, 2003. ML

S. A. Arjomand, The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam, Religion, Political Order, and Societal Change in Shi'ite Iran from the Beginning to 1890 (Chicago and London, 1984). (ML)

S, A. Arjomand, ed., Authority and Political Culture in Shi'ism, Albany, NY, 1988. (ML)

S. A. Arjomand, tr., ┐Two Decrees of Shah Tahmasp Concerning Statecraft and the Authority of Shaykh Ali al-Karaki┐, in S. A. Arjomand, ed., Authority and Political Culture in Shi'ism (1988), 250-62.

P. Avery, Modern Iran, London, 1965. ML

M. Boroujerdi, Iranian Intellectuals and the West, the Tormented Triumph of Nativism (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1996). ML

W. Chittck, tr., ┐Two Seventeenth-Century Persian Tracts on Kingship and Rulers┐, in S. A. Arjomand, ed., Authority and Political Culture in Shi'ism (1988), 267-304.

J.R.I Cole, Sacred Space and Holy War: The Politics, Culture and History of Shi'ite Islam (London, 2002). (ML)

J. R. I. Cole and N. Keddie, eds., Shi`ism and Social Protest, New Haven and London. 1986. (ML)

J.R.I. Cole,┐Shi`i Clerics in Iraq and Iran, 1722-1780: The Akhbari-Usuli Conflict Reconsidered┐ Iranian Studies XVIII/i (1985), 3-34.

R. Cottam, Nationalism in Iran: updated through 1978, Pittsburgh, PA., 1979. ML

W. Floor, ┐The Revolutionary Character of the Ulama: Wishful Thinking or Reality?┐ in Keddie, ed., Religion and Politics in Iran (1983), 73-97.

G. R. Garthwaite, Khans and Shahs: a documentary analysis of the Bakhtiyari in Iran, Cambridge, 1983. ML

G. R. Garthwaite, The Persians. Oxford, 2004. ML

M. Kamrava, Iran┐s Intellectual Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ML

N. Keddie, ed., Scholars, Saints and Sufis, Muslim Religious Institutions since 1500, Berkeley and London, 1972, 1978. CL, ML

Imam Khomeini, Writings and Declarations, H. Algar, transl., (Mizan Press, 1981; London: KPI, 1985). (ML)

M. Momen, An Introduction to Sh`i Islam, New Haven and London, 1985. CL, ML

Yann Richard, Shi'ite Islam, Polity, Ideology and Creed, Antonia Nevill, transl., Oxford, 1995. CL, ML

Savory, R. M., Iran under the Safavids, Cambridge, 1980. ML

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsFStA
Contacts
Course organiserDr Andrew Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4178
Email: Andrew.J.Newman@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Olivia Little
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
Email: olivia.little@ed.ac.uk
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