Honors | Prophets, Poets and Kings
U311 | 2477 | Jamsheed Choksy


This course traces the history, beliefs, and culture of Iranians
from ancient times through the Arab conquest to the twenty-first
century. It focuses on politics, administrative and social
institutions, religions including Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, and
Islam (Sunnism, Shi’ism, and Sufism), relationship between secular
and ecclesiastic hierarchies, status of minorities, devotional and
communal change, and Iranian influences on Islamic culture. Lectures
and discussions cover the Achaemenian, Parthian, Sasanian,
Umayyad, ‘Abbasid, Samanid, Buyid, Seljuk, Mongol, Timurid, Safavid,
Qajar, and Pahlavi dynasties, and the Islamic republic. Readings
include the analysis of primary textual materials in translation.
Visual aids will be used in class.

No previous knowledge or course prerequisites are needed.

NOTE:  To receive Honors credit for the course, Honors students must
submit a library-based research paper, in addition to completing the
regular course work.