In Search of Modern Iran: A Lecture by Abbas Amanat

Lecture | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Abbas Amanat, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Abbas Amanat will talk about the challenges and rewards of writing a longue dureé covering early modern and modern history of Iran. His new book: Iran: A Modern History (Yale University Press, 2017) looks at five centuries of national and transnational history and explores overarching themes that connect the history of the Safavids Empire and emergence of the religion-state symbiosis with modes of modernity in the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries and the course of events that lead to the Revolution of the 1979 and its aftermath.

Abbas Amanat is Professor of History and International Studies at Yale University and Director of the Program in Iranian Studies. His most recent book: Iran: A Modern History has been published by the Yale University Press in 2017. Earlier he published Resurrection and Renewal: the Making of the Babi Movement in Iran; Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy and Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Shi’ism. He coauthored, edited and coedited numerous titles including Az Tehran ta ‘Akka: Babiyan va Baha’iayan dar Asnad-e Dowran-e Qajar and a special issue of the Journal of Iranian Studies on “Iran’s Environmental Changes and Challenges.” His forthcoming Persianate World: A Conceptual Inquiry will be published by Brill in 2018. He is appointed as a Bodleian Fellow at Oxford during the Spring of 2018.

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