• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Zahra Taheri
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course broadly examines the historical, cultural and social processes which have formed and transformed Iranian culture and civilization. The unit comprises three sections: ancient, middle and modern Iran. The student will be introduced to history, politics, language, literature, art and society in Iran, ranging from ancient Persia to contemporary Iran. The course will seek to analyse a range of topics, which includes the legacy of Pre-Islamic Iran as well the history of the Islamic conquest and its impact on Iranian literature, art, and architecture. It will also provide an analysis of the socio-political aspects that came to create modern Iran, emphasising the move towards the constitutional revolution, the consequences of the fifty-year Pahlavi dynasty, and finally the developments of the domestic and foreign policies under the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

In this course, students will develop or extend their knowledge and understanding of:

1. significant dates, events and legacies in Iranian history and culture.

2. the processes that have created and transformed the nation-state in Iran.

3. the elements in shaping Iranian cultural and political identity.

4. Iran's regional and international interactions in various historical periods.  

Indicative Assessment

Essay (3000 words) 50%, final Examination (two hours) 40%, Tutorial assessment (based on attendance, reading and performance) 10%.

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 Units of 1000 level courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

Arberry, A.J., (ed.). The Legacy of Persia, Clarendon Press, 1953.

Browne, E.G. Literary History of Persia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1964.
Mackey, Sandra.  THe Iranians: Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation, New York: Plume Book, 1998
Frye, R.N., The Golden Age of Persia. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1975. * Saikal, A., The Rise and Fall of the Shah, Princeton University Press, 1980.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5075 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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