Summer 2017 - HIST 352 D100
Religion and Politics in Modern Iran (4)
Class Number: 5597
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5006, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 16, 2017
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
1 778 782-4437
Prerequisites:45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: one of HIST 151, 249.
The intellectual and social history of greater Iran from the Safavids to the twentieth century. Emphasis will be on the relationship between religion and politics.
HIST 352 surveys the history of Iran from the period of the Safavid empire (1501-1722) to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with a particular focus on the problematic relationship between religion and politics. The first portion of the course situates Iran within a larger framework: the clarification of Iranian identity; the ecological trilogy of city, village, and nomad; perspectives on sexuality and gender; and the unique qualities of the Iranian practice of Shi’ite Islam. The second portion of the course addresses early modern Iran from the appearance of the Safavids to the eighteenth century decline: concepts and strategies of empire; state and sub-state formation; the articulation of ethnic and national identities; and the emergence and disputation of forms of Shi’isms. The third portion of the course focuses on Iranian modernity in the Qajar and Pahlavi periods, with a focus on reactions to western imperialism, modernization, and nation-building. How do we account for shifts in economic, coercive, and ideational power? How do we understand Iranian movements of nationalism, reform, modernism, constitutionalism, clericalism, revolution, and Islamism? What does the Iranian experience tell us of the limitations of modernization, secularization, and revolution theory?
- Term paper 40%
- Final examination 40%
- Paper proposal 10%
- Tutorial participation 10%
Ervand Abrahamian, A History of Modern Iran (paperback)
Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet (paperback)
D. MacLean, comp., Religion and Politics in Modern Iran: A Sourcebook
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