Undergraduate Course: History and Culture of Iran (IMES10099)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will study key moments in the development of Persian civilization, attempting to understand both the political and historical context of the Iranian past alongside the cultural and literary developments of the nation. The idea of 'Persia' will be explored through the historical development of Iranian civilization over the late antique, medieval and modern period.
This course will allow students to engage with key historical, cultural, and conceptual developments in Persian history and civilization. They will study the texts (in translation) and material culture of Iran in order to analyze the methodologies of specific writers, historians, historiographers, artists, patrons, or audiences who crafted various cultural signifiers, and they will be encouraged to set those developments within their specific historical and cultural contexts. In this way, students will gain an understanding of how Persia developed, both as a nation and as a concept. This course will develop the students' analytical skills and their ability to read historical texts and literary texts, together with visual images, closely and meaningfully. The course also aims to bring students an awareness of how Iran affected, and was influenced by, other societies, and emphasize the role the country has played in the international sphere.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Presentation and Class Participation: 10%
1500-word essay: 25%
3000-word essay: 65%
||- Presentations: oral feedback in class
- Mid-term assignment: written feedback (form)
- Final assignment: written feedback (form)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the characteristic aspects of Persian history and place it within its cultural framework.
- Evaluate and critique the development of Persian literary and cultural models.
- Analyse the main historical and cultural phenomena of monarchy in Iran.
- Develop written and presentational skills.
|Allen, L. (2005a) The Persian Empire. London|
Allen, L. (2005b) 'Le Roi Imaginaire: an audience with the Achaemenid King' in O. Hekster & R. Fowler, eds. Imaginary Kings. Royal images in the Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome. Munich. 39-62.
Allsen, T.T. (2006) The Royal Hunt in Eurasian History. Philadelphia
Arberry, A.J. (1953) The Legacy of Persia. Oxford.
Axworthy, M. (2007) Iran. Empire of the Mind. A History from Zoroaster to the Present Day.
Beck, L. & Nashat, G., eds. (2003) Women in Iran. Chicago. 2 Volumes.
Briant, P. (2002) From Cyrus to Alexander. A history of the Persian Empire. Winona Lake.
Brosius, M (1996) Women in Ancient Persia (559-331 BC). Oxford.
Curtis, J. & Tallis, N., eds. (2005) Forgotten Empire. The World of Ancient Persia. London.
Curtis, V.S. (1993) Persian Myths. London.
Daryaee, T. (2009) Sasanian Persia. The Rise and Fall of an Empire. London.
Davaran, F. (2010) Continuity in Iranian Identity. London.
Davis, D. (2002) Panthea's Cildren: Hellenistic Novels and Medieval Persian Romance. NY.
Dutz, W.F. & Matheson, S.A. (2001) Parsa-Persepolis. Tehran.
Frye, R.N. (1962) The Heritage of Persia. London.
Frye, R.N. (1996) The Golden Age of Persia. New York.
Garthwaite, G.R. (2005) The Persians. London.
Gershevitch, I. (1985) The Cambridge History of Iran. Volume 2. The Median and Achaemenian Periods. Cambridge.
Kuhrt, A. (2007) The Persian Empire. A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period. 2 Volumes. London.
Lincoln, B. (2007) Religion, Empire and Torture. The Case of Achaemenid Persia, with a postscript on Abu Ghraib. Chicago.
Llewellyn-Jones, L. & Robson, J. (2010) Ctesias┐ History of Persia. Tales of the Orient. London.
Mackey, S. (1996) The Iranians. Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation. New York.
Matheson, S.A. (1972) Persia: An Archaeological Guide. London.
Oakley, F. (2006) Kingship. Oxford
Porter, Y. (2003) Palaces and Gardens of Persia. Paris.
Root, M.C. (1979) The King and Kingship in Achaemenid Art: Essays on the Creation of an Iconography of Empire. Leiden.
Scholz, P.O. (1999) Eunuchs and Castrati. A cultural history. Princeton.
Yarshater, E. (1983) The Cambridge History of Iran. Volume 3 (pts 1 & 2). The Seleucid, Parthia and Sasanian Periods. Cambridge.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Organise complex and lengthy arguments and draw these together into a coherent conclusion;
Summarise, interpret and critique the work of others by competent use of major theoretical perspectives and concepts in the academic study of history and culture;
Compare different sets of evidence to reach conclusions, using historical texts and documentation for a deeper understanding of history and culture in the region;
Collect and synthesise evidence from a wide range of primary and secondary sources applicable to the study of Iranian history, culture and politics;
Read and interpret a range of different sources for the study of Iran within its historical, social and theoretical contexts and be able to to differentiate primary from secondary sources.
Organise their own learning, manage workload and work to a timetable;
Effectively plan, and possess the confidence to undertake and to present scholarly work that demonstrates an understanding of the aims, methods and theoretical considerations relevant to Iranian Studies.
|Course organiser||Prof Andrew Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4178
|Course secretary||Ms Hannah Foster
Tel: (0131 6 )50 4182