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Colliding Conceptions of Modernization in Iran—Reza Shah and Taghi Erani

Jun 4 2019 - 18:30
Younes Jalali discusses his new book about Taghi Erani, a prominent civil servant, scientist, and intellectual, who was a pivotal figure in interwar Iran. Witness to two of the major political upheavals in the twentieth century—the rise of Pahlavi and the collapse of the Weimar Republic—he turned from fundamental science to leftwing activism and pacifism, leading to his arrest and death in prison. Jalali traces his journey from Tehran to Berlin ...

Russia and Iran in the Qajar Period: Uneasy Neighbors

May 23 2019 - 18:30
Rudi Matthee looks at state and non-state actors and argues that Iran's relationship with Russia in the Qajar period was far too complicated to be categorized as one between one country victimized by an imperialist other one. I will use the incident of the Russian assault on the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad in 1912 as a case study to illustrate this point Rudi Matthee is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Delaware, ...

The Art of Iranian Classical Music: History, Context, and Purpose

Apr 25 2019 - 18:30
Parissa, the grande dame of classical Persian music, will lead a discussion/workshop on the history, context, and purpose of Iranian classical music. Parissa is known for her extraordinary vocal ability and style. She is the most prominent and influential Iranian female classical singer of the past fifty years. Parissa studied the repertoire of radif and old tasnifs with Mahmoud Karimi and Abdollah Davami, two of the most celebrated masters of ...

Narsai David: My Life in Food

Apr 16 2019 - 18:30
Restaurateur, chef, wine-maker, and author, Narsai David discusses his journey through the culinary world of the Bay Area and beyond. Born to Assyrian immigrants from Iran, memories of his mother’s home cooking, and the influence of Assyrian-Iranian dishes, pervade his own culinary practices and the counsel he now provides San Francisco Bay Area listening audiences.  With extensive experience, Narsai is currently a food and wine editor for KCBS ...

A Modern Contagion: Cholera's Impact on Iranian History

Apr 11 2019 - 18:30
Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran's globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the ...

Iran: the Islamic Regime's Resilience under Pressure

Apr 3 2019 - 18:30
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been in the eyes of the storm ever since its foundation four decades ago. Initially, some analysts could not have confidence in its durability, but it has endured many domestic and foreign policy challenges. Despite being at loggerheads with the United States and some of its regional allies for most of its life, it has remained defiant and resilient. However, in the era of President Donald Trump, who has ...

Electoral Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mar 14 2019 - 18:30
In this talk, Mehrzad Boroujerdi will first discuss the electoral system of the Islamic Republic of Iran in terms of its laws, electoral management bodies, and shortcomings and will then analyze the voting behavior of the citizenry over the last forty years. Mehrzad Boroujerdi is Professor of Political Science and O’Hanley Faculty Scholar at Syracuse University. He is the author of Iranian Intellectuals and the West: The Tormented Triumph of ...

Jason Rezaian in Conversation with Brett McGurk

Mar 13 2019 - 18:30
Jason Rezaian discusses his new book, Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison, with Brett McGurk, the former Special Envoy to Defeat ISIS. Rezaian was the Washington Post’s Tehran bureau chief when he was imprisoned and McGurk led 14 months of secret negotiations with Iran that helped free him in 2016. Co-sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies and FSI's Middle East Initiative Jason Rezaian is one of the few ...

Moving Toward a New Equilibrium in Iran

Feb 28 2019 - 18:30
Established in 2016 in the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, the Stanford Iran 2040 Project serves as a hub for scholars—particularly in the Iranian diaspora—to conduct research on the future of Iran.  The team conducts research on a wide array of topics related to the future economic development of Iran, including governance, population, macroeconomic policy, oil and gas, water, agriculture, and the scientific output of ...

The Canticle of the Birds: Part II

Feb 7 2019 - 18:30
**Please note this is a two-part lecture** The Iranian mystic `Attâr's magnificent early 13th-century Persian-language Sufi epic in verse, the Manteq-ot-Tayr or "Canticle of the Birds", tells of the quest of all the world's birds, symbolizing human souls, to find the mythical Sun-Bird (Sîmorgh) to be their ruler. In 1487, Sultan Husayn Mîrzâ of Herât (in what is now Afghanistan) commissioned the world's most beautiful manuscript of the poem ...

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