Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Modern Iran
N650 | 26031 | Walbridge

The Islamic Revolution of 1978-79 was the most important event in
recent Iranian history, a revolution whose implications are still
being felt throughout the Islamic world. The course will study the
Islamic revolution, its background, and its consequences.  The
course will also cover various aspects of the background of the
Iranian Revolution:  Shiism as a political force, the impact of West
on Iran, secularization, the Shiite clergy as a class, and the
conflict between Iranian and Islamic identity. The course will also
deal with developments since the Revolution, including the hostage
crisis, the Islamization of Iranian society, the Iran-Iraq War, the
Gulf War, and the export of Islamic revolution, the reaction of the
youth against the Islamic regime, recent attempts at reform, and the
current upheaval following the 2009 presidential election. Readings
will be in English