Iran from Ancient Times to Modern Theocracy

As part of Ancient Persia, Iran shared in the greatness of the great empires of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. But, after the Muslim advance out of Arabia, it became an Islamic state, following the minority Shi’ite belief. This has had a profound effect on modern times, with Iran being a theocracy since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Today it is a controversial state, struggling with economic problems and trying to impress itself on the larger Middle East region. We look at Iran today and the role it has played since the end of the colonial era.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • From Persia to Iran: We trace the ancient basis upon which modern Iran sits – from Cyrus the Great to British and French interference in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This will include a look at the influence of Islam in Iran and the effects of the rift with other Islamic countries through the Sunni – Shi’ite split, as well as the effects of western imperialism.
  • The Ayatollahs' revolution of 1979: Modern Iran was enveloped in huge political upheaval when the Shah was overthrown by the Ayatollahs, the religious leaders of Iran. The head of these, Ayatollah Khomeini became the new leader and Iran was fundamentally changed. What led to this revolution and how did it play out?
  • Islamic Iran: In this lesson we look at what life is like under the theocracy that has been created. We see how it affected foreign policy and Iran’s place in the region and the whole world. Also, we look at the internal politics of Iran, at the power of the regime and its critics from within.
  • Iran in the 21st century: Iran has a lot of enemies in the region and outside, including Saudi Arabia, the United States and Israel. They also have friends – nations and military/political groups that they support in other countries. What role does Iran play and how are the enmities they have likely to play out in the region?


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the timeline of history of ancient and modern Iran
  2. Be familiar with the forces at play inside Iran
  3. See how these forces play out in the region and the world political scene and how Iran deals with them.
$145 Limited / $131

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