(Offered as HIST 80 [ME] and ALSC 59 [WA].) This seminar explores contemporary Iran from a historical and interdisciplinary perspective. The aim of the course is both to provide an overall understanding of the history of Iran, as well as those key elements of religion, literature, legend, and politics that together shape Iran's understanding of itself. We will utilize a wide variety of sources, including Islamic and local histories, Persian literature, architecture, painting and ceramics, film, political treatises, Shiite theological writing, foreign travel accounts, and U.S. state department documents, in addition to secondary sources. Two class meetings per week.
Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 15 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Ringer.
If Overenrolled: Preference given to students who have already taken a modern Middle East survey course.