ONLINE CLASS: Understanding MENA: Islamic Republic of Iran (2064) *SOLD OUT*

Five Fridays:  April 17, May 8 and 22,  June 5 and 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. *SOLD OUT*

Price: 
$135.00 (10% off for members)

Due to the spread of covid-19, this class will now meet using video technology. Your virtual meeting will take place at the scheduled time and will cover the planned content. You'll receive access information  and instructions prior to your first online meeting. 

This is another set of classes in the continuing series on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). We will “travel” to the Islamic Republic of Iran starting with a novel that follows the life of a Persian family during WWII Allied occupation; then to a momentous event in Iran’s history – the story of the CIA’s coup in 1953 which removed the only democratic regime Iran ever had. Then, we will delve into the revolution that brought the Islamic Republic of Iran into existence and we will focus on the dramatic changes that took place especially in the lives of Iranian women.  We will read novels highlighting the feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society. We will discuss Shrin Ebadi’s (Iran’s Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2003) story of taking on the Iranian government with courage and strength and the price she had to pay - exile.  Join me on this journey that will enlighten us regarding Iran’s contemporary history, politics, society and culture. In addition, this course will explain the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia especially after the series of classes about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabi.

Reading Schedule:

17th April: Savushun: A Novel About Modern Iran (Persian Classics) 3rd Edition by Simin Daneshvar

8th May: All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer

22nd May: The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

5th June: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi AND/OR Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi

19th June: Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran by Nina Ansary

Dates: Five Fridays:  April 17, May 8 and 22,  June 5 and 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 

 

Class on Iran (Spring 2020) List of Books:

1. Savushun: A Novel About Modern Iran (Persian Classics) 3rd Edition by Simin Daneshvar (please note this title is print on demand, payment must be made with order and book is non-returnable).

Paperback: 322 pages

Publisher: Mage Publishers, Incorporated; 3 edition (January 11, 2017)

ISBN-13: 9780934211314

 

 2. All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer

Paperback: 296 pages

Publisher: Wiley; Second edition (January 1, 2008)

ISBN-13: 9780470185490

 

3. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali

Paperback: 400 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (November 28, 2019)

ISBN-13: 9781982107499

 

4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Paperback: 341 pages

Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (October 30, 2007)

ISBN-13: 9780375714832

and/or

5. Chicken with Plums by Marjane Satrapi

Series: Pantheon Graphic Library

Paperback: 96 pages

Publisher: Pantheon; Reprint edition (April 14, 2009)

ISBN-13: 9780375714757

 

6. Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran by Nina Ansary

Paperback: 328 pages

Publisher: Revela Press (June 25, 2015)

ISBN-13: 9780986406416

 

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an assistant professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) with a specialization in Governance and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org)

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

Savushun: A Novel about Modern Iran (Persian Classics) Cover Image
By Simin Daneshvar, M. R. Ghanoonparvar (Translator), Brian Spooner (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780934211314
Availability: Backordered
Published: Mage Publishers - October 1st, 2001

All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780470185490
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wiley - January 1st, 2008

The Stationery Shop Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781982107499
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Gallery Books - February 11th, 2020

The Complete Persepolis: Now a Major Motion Picture (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780375714832
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Pantheon - October 30th, 2007

Chicken with Plums (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780375714757
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Pantheon - April 14th, 2009

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780986406416
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Revela Press LLC - June 25th, 2015