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A Holistic Look at Iran: Economics, Religion, Politics, and More

Iran is an integral part of the Middle East-Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Yet its internal workings seem vague, and there is a plethora of contradictory information about its structure at all levels—from its geographic environment to its body politic. Considering that Iran is now asserting itself on multiple levels, it is important to develop a clearer view of how it functions and what, from the Iranian perspective, are the challenges it faces. This course is a holistic look at the various aspects of Iran: its environment, ethnolinguistic composition, religious proclivities, economics, and politics. The purpose is to give a broader picture of Iranian society rather than dwelling on a single aspect.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A view of Iran’s environment and geography and the challenges it faces in the context of environmental change in the 21st century
  • An understanding of the composition of the Iranian ethnolinguistic structure and population
  • An overview of the Shiite/Sunni differences and the effects on the social structure in Iran
  • Familiarity with modern Iranian history (post-1906 Constitutional Revolution and the subsequent Islamic Revolution)
  • A view of the potential economic/industrial strength of Iran in the region and its relations with both regional and nonregional powers

Ideal for

  • Ideal for students who are interested in the current Middle East and want a deeper understanding of the Iranian body politic
  • People looking for a deeper understanding of how “Iran works” and how it views itself in the current world

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