New Course: Between Toleration and Persecution, Iran and its Minorities in the Twentieth Century
What does it mean to be Jewish or Christian in a country where most citizens are categorized as Shi'i Muslims? How have Kurds and Azeris figured into Iranian national and political rhetoric? What has it meant to identify as transgender or transsexual in the Islamic Republic of Iran? Focusing on religious, ethnic, and sexual minority groups in Iran between 1905 and 2015, this course will grapple with these questions. Topics include minority rights, identity formation, minorities' involvement in political movements, the impact of westernizing efforts on minorities, and the Iranian diaspora.