Spring 2020

Inside Iran

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-359  |  History, as HIST-392

Formerly listed as: ASLC-59  |  HIST-80


Monica M. Ringer (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 392 [ME/TC/TE] and ALSC 359) 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.

Recommended requisite: a survey course on the modern Middle East. Admission with consent of the instructor. Limited to 18 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.


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2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2017, Spring 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022