The Iranian Revolution
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HWH58
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course will focus on the causes, development, nature and impact of the 1979 Iranian revolution, while reflecting on how the Islamic Republic was established and how the event is still influencing contemporary international relations and perceptions. On the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Iran’s regional power, its Islamist political model and nuclear status are important topics of debate.
This course will provide an historical overview able to frame many of the contemporary debates around Iran, while also addressing important discussions around colonial relations in the Middle East, politics in Muslim contexts, Islam and gender, or how the Iranian revolution has been represented in art and media.
Finally, by analysing images, speeches and individual testimonies connected to the Iranian revolution, this course will reflect on how to ‘read’ political events, such as revolutions and uprisings.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
-the Pahlavi dynasty
-the 1953 coup
-the White Revolution
-Iran’s international relations before and after 1979
-Ideology and career of Ayatollah Khomeini
-Orientalism, Sykes-Picot and the Cold War
-Gender and Feminism in Iran
-Iranian revolution in media and art
-Iran today: the Iranian diaspora and the debate around the nuclear deal.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify some of the major causes of the revolution
- describe the nationalist, leftist, anti-monarchic and/or Islamic nature of the revolution
- state the significance of the event both regionally and globally
- understand the geopolitical, cultural and economic context in which the event unfolded.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course. There is no previous knowledge required or expected. A good level of English will be required to keep up with the course. As with all of our courses curiosity, an open mind, and willingness to engage is more important than any particular skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The class will be taught through a combination of tutor presentations and class discussion. There may be some in- class reading, and engagement with testimonies, speeches and archive videos.
There will be no work outside of class, although reading can be recommended for those who wish to look at the subject in further detail.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs.
A pen and paper, or laptop, to write notes may be useful.
Ervand Abrahamian, A History of Modern Iran (Cambridge University Press,
Ali Ansari, Modern Iran (Routledge, 2007).
Said Amir Arjomand, The Turban for the Crown (Oxford University Press,
Nikki Keddie, Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution (Yale University
Hamid Dabashi, Ideology of Discontent. The Ideological Foundation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (Transaction Publishers, 2006).
Haleh Afshar, Islam and Feminisms. An Iranian Case-Study (Palgrave Macmillan, 1998).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check out our range of politics, economics and history courses on our website or in our prospectus.
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