Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Peter Green Lecture on the Modern Middle East with Abbas Amanat – From the Safavid Revolution to the Islamic Republic of Iran: Shaping of a Longue Durée

Thursday, March 7, 2019

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

By invitation only

Reception to follow

Part of a year-long series entitled “Iran Today” aimed at sophisticated discussion of contemporary Iranian society and culture as a countermeasure to the general lack of knowledge and sensational coverage circulated in US media.

For five centuries Iranian society and state remained engaged with such enduring tensions as state and religion, messianic movements, court and administration, center and periphery, the enemy within and outside, and monopoly of material resources. To what extent can one incorporate these and other compatible traits into a coherent historical narrative? Are there traceable trajectories and unresolved processes in Iran’s domestic, regional and global involvements, to make crafting of a longue durée possible without falling victim to historical essentialism?

Middle East Studies