The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture
Neither East nor West: The Roots of the Iranian Quest for Self-Suficiency

Dr. Rudi Matthee
Distinguished Professor of History

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Mudd Hall of Philosophy, RM 101
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Surveying a long sweep of history, this talk will argue that Iran’s quest for
self-sufficiency has deep historical roots that are political as well as economic in nature. From the Safavid to the Qajars, one finds recurring attempts at import substitution as
well as frequent insistence on domestic production or the boycott of foreign goods. These patterns continued into the Pahlavi era. The shah used to boast about Iran’s
uniqueness and its ability to fulfill all of its needs itself; but shades of this belief are found among Iranians from all walks of life and educational levels.

Since the “rediscovery” of ancient Iran and the inculcation of its legacy as an integral part of Iran’s patrimony in the early twentieth century—and well before the advent of abundant oil wealth—Iranians have tended to see their country as a unique nation amply endowed with natural resources that could take care of itself without outside assistance, if only meddling outside forces and foreign powers would allow it to do so.

Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating lecture and discussion.

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero? The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography

The Middle East Studies Program presents a USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation
Iranian Studies Initiative Lecture

Nader Shah: Warlord or National Hero?
The Eighteenth Century in Iranian Historiography

Prof. Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of History
University of Delaware

Monday, Nov. 3
Mudd Hall of Philosophy, Room 101
4:00 – 5:30 PM

Iran and its historiography in the early modern period conjure the image of a deeply schizophrenic country. There is the (perceived) splendor and sophistication of the Safavid
period, followed by a century of anarchy during which Iran became a dark and dangerous country, run by warlords and mostly shunned by the outside word.

As the world was radically reconfigured in the 18th century, Iranians continued to live in
an inward-looking mode. Yet, the early nineteenth century confronted Iranians with humiliating defeats by the Russians and British intrusion from the south. Conscious of having “fallen behind” they were nonetheless proud of their historical memory.

“Ancient glory, present misery,” to use Partha Chatterjee’s term, has been the theme for modern Iranians.

Prof. Matthee’s presentation will examine the ways in which Iranians have sought to fit the
nineteenth century into a unbroken, uplifting national narrative by highlighting the stature
of the two rulers who seem to provide some coherence in what is an otherwise chaotic period: Nader Shah and Karim Khan Zand.

History Department Open House

Thinking about becoming a History Major or Minor? Interested in taking a History class? Just curious about History? Join fellow students and faculty to chat about History and enjoy light refreshments at our Open House Event!

Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: SOS 250

Spring 2015 Course Descriptions will be available. Meet faculty to talk about their courses, research, and your shared interests in History.

 

A Middle East with No Minorities? Asking the Tough Questions

A Middle East with No Minorities?
Asking the Tough Questions

Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Beirut’s Haigazian University

In conversation with Dr. Laurie Brand, Director of USC Middle East Studies Program

Monday, September 29, 2014
Doheny Memorial Library
Room 244, 12 to 1 PMLunch Included

Sponsored by the USC Institute of Armenian Studies

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Persian Courses Fall 2014

Interested in taking a Persian language course this fall semester? Take a look at this flyer below!

Please check http://dornsife.usc.edu/persian for more information.

 

Iranian Studies courses for Fall 2014

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Middle East Studies Course Brochure Spring 2014

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