Non-Muslims and the Constitutional Revolution: A Quest of Identity
غیرمسلمانان و ابقلاب مشروطه: بحث هویت
The concept of Iranian nationality had become a more visible discourse since 1890s and mostly during the Tobacco Movement. The Iranian Constitutional Revolution emerged in 1906 with the slogan of “Iran for all Iranians.” Where were the non-Muslims located in this situation? This paper introduces the situation of four major non-Muslim communities—Zoroastrians, Jews, Christians and Baha’is—in Iran between 1890-1911. At the local level, it studies the daily life of the members of these communities and their interactions with the greater Muslim society. At the national level, it explores the ways Iranian citizenship was defined for non-Muslims. Finally, at the international level, it examines the economic, social and political relationship between Iran and Western countries concerning its non-Muslim population. It also introduces the missionary institutions in Iran and some discourses on these activities.
Tuesday, May 3, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick Hall #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Please join us on Tuesday, January 26th for a talk with Mateo Farzaneh / متئو فرزانه based on his new book The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani:
Shiite Clerics and Political Modernization in Iran / علمای شیعه و تجدد سیاسی در ایران
In this book presentation, Prof. Farzaneh will discuss the role of Islamic jurisprudence in political reform in Iran. Throughout the 1800s, Iran was challenged to politically modernize in order to undo the failed policies of its corrupt/absolutist monarchical system. Introduction of Western-style constitutionalism by secular Iranians brought about the establishment of the Islamic world’s first parliament in Iran in 1906. However, that was the beginning of a long struggle between the proponents and the opponents of rule of law as a new political reality. Mullah Muhammad Kazim Khurasani led a group of high-ranking Iranian Shiite clerics living in Iraq and began a transnational clerical movement in support of constitutionalism with the objective to sever the political influence of Muslim clerics and leaving “modern” politics to the elected parliamentarians. This talk is based on Prof. Farzaneh’s new book, The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani (Syracuse University Press, 2015).
Tuesday, January 26th, 4:30 pm
Farouk Mustafa Seminar Room (Pick #218)
5828 S. University Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
We are pleased to share recordings of the following nine Persian Circle presentations, which took place during the winter and spring of 2013. These have never been posted before (and indeed were feared lost in a hard drive crash). Without further ado:
16 Jan. 2013 – Prof. Maryam Mosharraf of Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran – Nowruz (and the Persian language) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (download)
23 Jan. 2013 – Prof. Saeed (Yousef) Ghahremani of the University of Chicago – The differences between poetry (she‘r) and verse (nazm): the views of Iranian poets and critics (download)
27 Feb. 2013 – Prof. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw of Oxford University (he was at Stanford at the time) – Women Poets of the Fath-‘Ali Shah Period (in English) (download)
3 Apr. 2013 – Prof. Saeed (Yousef) Ghahremani of the University of Chicago – The Challenges of Doing the Impossible: Translating Western Poetry into Persian (Brecht’s example) (download)
17 Apr. 2013 – Elham Mireshghi of UC Irvine – An Anthropological View of Kidney Sales in Iran (download)
24 Apr. 2013 – Students in Prof. Franklin Lewis’ Masnavi seminar discuss their term paper research (mixed English/Persian) (download)
1 May 2013 – Maryam Sabbaghi of the University of Chicago – Beaming Faces and Friendly Clowns: My Internship at the Mahak Hospital (download)
15 May 2013 – Nazafarin Lotfi, Chicago-based artist – A Look at What Has Passed: From Tehran’s College of Fine Arts to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (download)
29 May 2013 – Mohammad Sagha of the University of Chicago – Mahya: A film in the search of death, spirituality, and resurrection (download)
Prof. Payne gave a fascinating talk today, and thanks to all who came! I have the recording of the session attached below; you’ll have to forgive me, I had the microphone on a little hot, so the sound is a bit distorted (especially at the beginning with my rather loud introduction) but it’s still quite listenable. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks again to our speaker!