HIST 543: Modern Iran (3, NW)

A history of Iran from the sixteenth century to the present with an emphasis on religious, political, and cultural history. Topics will include the establishment of Shi'ism as the state religion in the sixteenth century, the evolution of religio-political thought among the Shi'ite clerical establishment, great power politics in the nineteenth century, European cultural and intellectual influence, nation-building and nationalism in the twentieth century, the Islamic revolution of 1979, and Iranian politics since the revolution. Prerequisite: HIST 327 and HIST 328. LEC
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