Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM055: Iranian History, 1500 - the Present

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Rob Gleave (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to the history of Iran, from the appearance of the Safavids to the period after the Iranian Revolution. It will provide you with a general overview of this period, whilst also examining the historiography of the period. Within this it introduces you to source materials, translation, and will enable you to use these sources to make an assessment of the historical significance of particular episodes in Iranian history. The module also introduces the various religious movements of the period, from the Safavi order itself, the various religious and mystical movements of the Safavid period, the rise of an independent clericalism in the Qajar period, and the religious elements of the 1979 revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini.

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