Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Kamran Scot Aghaie (on leave Spring 2020)


Associate ProfessorPh.D., 1999, University of California at Los Angeles

Kamran Scot Aghaie (on leave Spring 2020)

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Interests


Islamic studies, Shi'ism, modern Iranian and Middle Eastern history; secondary areas of interest: world history, historiography, religious studies, nationalism, gender studies and economic history

Biography


Research

Modern Islamic history; Shi'i symbols and rituals in modern Iran; modern Iranian history; Shi'ism; Islamic rituals; social and cultural history; religious and political discourses; historiography; nationalism; gender studies; Persian; Arabic; popular Islam

Research Subject Headings: Gender, Nation and national identity, Politics, Religion

Courses


ISL 340 • Prophet Of Islam: Life/Times

40290 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM UTC 4.110
GC (also listed as HIS 364G, R S 325)

Medina, and the conquest of Mecca. We will seek to understand the social and political background to the Prophet’s message and the impact of that message on his historical context. We will focus on the doctrinal, social and political positions adopted by the Prophet and their impact on later Muslim society. Furthermore, we will analyze the different approaches taken by historians in interpreting and understanding the Prophets life.

TEXT:

Watt, Muhammad, Oxford University Press Martin Lings, Muhammad. Islamic Texts Society Annemarrie Schimmel. And Muhammad is his messenger: the veneration of the Prophet in Islamic piety

MES 385 • Shi'i Islam

39990 • Fall 2019
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CAL 422
(also listed as R S 390T)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical development of the Shi‘i branch of Islam. The course will explore historiographical debates surrounding the emergence and early development of Shi‘ism, as well as Sunni-Shi‘i polemics. This will be followed by an analysis of the historical evolution of popular Shi‘i beliefs and ritual practices. Students will learn about the different Shi‘i sectarian divisions, along with schools of law and theology. Finally, students will learn about the important changes Shi‘ism has undergone during the modern period. The course will be organized partly in accordance with historical chronology and partly along thematic lines. In addition to being exposed to the secondary literature, students will be required to read original texts or primary documents, either in the original language or in translation (depending on the student’s language skills).

MES 343 • Modern Iran

40865 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 301
GC

Please check back for updates.

MES 385 • Nationalisms In Middle East

40903 • Fall 2018
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CAL 422
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

41515 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 3.104
GC (also listed as ANS 301M, HIS 306N, R S 319)

The objective of this course is to give students a foundational understanding of Islam and Muslims, in terms of beliefs, practices, and culture. In order to achieve this three-part objective, we will read materials from various perspectives and of different genres. We will devote some time to Islamic history, because even if a religion is conceived in terms of universals and ideals, its actual manifestation is always tempered by historical, cultural and social context. We will explore the meaning of Islam as a worldview and a moral system through examining its doctrinal, ritual, philosophical, ethical and spiritual dimensions. This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Islam.

MES 385 • Islamic Revolution Of Iran

41885 • Fall 2017
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CAL 422
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

MES 385 • Mod Iranian Hist & Historiog

41872 • Fall 2016
Meets M 3:00PM-6:00PM CAL 422
(also listed as HIS 388K)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical developments in Modern Iran. Students will learn how Iranian society, culture, and politics have evolved throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course will also introduce students to many of the key debates in the field of Modern Iranian history. Students will read, analyze, and discuss selected titles from a list of the most influential scholarly books on Modern Iranian History. Readings in primary historical documents will also be required. Whenever possible, these will be in the original Persian language. However, for students who do not have sufficient Persian language skills, translations will be used. One of the goals of the course is to give students the necessary research and writing skills, along with the requisite knowledge of the field, to conduct meaningful research in the area of Modern Iranian History.

Requirements: Weekly reading assignments, substantial classroom discussions and presentations, a short paper, and a graduate level research paper. Students will be allowed to select weekly readings for each week. 

Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

Texts:

A Course Packet

Grading:

Short paper (due in week nine):  25%

Analytical paper on two weeks’ readings:  10%

Research paper (due at end of semester):  40%

Class participation:  20%

Assessment of quality of your feedback on student work:  5%

MES 385 • Islamic Revolution Of Iran

41165 • Spring 2016
Meets W 11:00AM-2:00PM PAR 310
(also listed as HIS 388K, R S 390T)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Islamic Revolution that took place in Iran in 1978-­?79. In order to provide an appropriate historical context for the study of the revolution students will be exposed to a broad survey of Shi'ism and Modern Iranian History. Students will learn the many theories regarding why the revolution happened, what factors contributed to its development, and how Iranian society, culture, politics, and religious beliefs and practices were affected by the revolution. In addition to weekly reading assignments, students will discuss these texts and present their research in class. In addition to class participation, students will write a graduate level research paper, as well as a short proposal for this paper.

Texts

Course packet containing selected articles and texts will be assigned.

Grading

Class participation 30%

Short paper (due week ten) 20%

Research paper (due at end of semester) 50%

MES 385 • Mod Iranian Hist & Historiog

41180 • Spring 2015
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CAL 422
(also listed as HIS 388K)

This research course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical developments in Modern Iran. Students will learn how Iranian society, culture, and politics have evolved throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course will also introduce students to many of the key debates in the field of Modern Iranian history. Students will read, analyze, and discuss selected titles from a list of the most influential scholarly books on Modern Iranian History. Readings in primary historical documents will also be required. Whenever possible, these will be in the original Persian language. However, for students who do not have sufficient Persian language skills, translations will be used. One of the goals of the course is to give students the necessary research and writing skills, along with the requisite knowledge of the field, to conduct meaningful research in the area of Modern Iranian History.

Texts:

A Course Packet, available for purchase at Speedway Copies, which is located on the ground floor of Dobie Mall

Grading:

Class participation 25%, Short paper (due in week nine) 25%, Analytical paper on one week’s readings 10%, Research paper (due at end of semester) 40%

MES 385 • Islamic Revolution Of Iran

42440 • Fall 2013
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM MEZ 1.104
(also listed as HIS 388K, R S 390T)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Islamic Revolution that took place in Iran in 1978-­?79. In order to provide an appropriate historical context for the study of the revolution students will be exposed to a broad survey of Shi'ism and Modern Iranian History. Students will learn the many theories regarding why the revolution happened, what factors contributed to its development, and how Iranian society, culture, politics, and religious beliefs and practices were affected by the revolution. In addition to weekly reading assignments, students will discuss these texts and present their research in class. In addition to class participation, students will write a graduate level research paper, as well as a short proposal for this paper.

Texts

Course packet containing selected articles and texts will be assigned.

Grading

Class participation 30%

Short paper (due week ten) 20%

Research paper (due at end of semester) 50%

MES 385 • Mod Iranian Hist & Historiog

41985 • Spring 2013
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM MEZ 1.122
(also listed as HIS 388K)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the historical developments in Modern Iran. Students will learn how Iranian society, culture, and politics have evolved throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This course will also introduce students to many of the key debates in the field of Modern Iranian history. Students will read, analyze, and discuss selected titles from a list of the most influential scholarly books on Modern Iranian History. Readings in primary historical documents will also be required. Whenever possible, these will be in the original Persian language. However, for students who do not have sufficient Persian language skills, translations will be used. One of the goals of the course is to give students the necessary research and writing skills, along with the requisite knowledge of the field, to conduct meaningful research in the area of Modern Iranian History.

Texts:

A Course Packet, available for purchase at Speedway Copies, which is located on the ground floor of Dobie Mall

Grading:

Class participation                                                       25%

Short paper (due in week nine)                                    25%

Analytical paper on one week’s readings                    10%

Research paper (due at end of semester)                     40%

ISL 373 • Modern Iran

41556 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM BUR 216
(also listed as HIS 331L, MES 324K)

Course Description

This is an introductory class to the history of the Middle East in the 20^th century. The main question for consideration is which forces and what sort of developments transformed this region from a relatively peaceful region to a radicalized environment and a source for opposition against the “West.” By exploring critical political, social, intellectual and economic themes such as colonialism, Arab nationalism, secular modernism, the impact of Zionism and military conflict, the rise of political Islam, the status of women and the oil revolution, we would identify the main internal and external forces, as well as the critical processes, that shaped the region during the last century. Conducted in English. 

 

Texts

Abrahamian: A History of Modern Iran

Ansari: Modern Iran since 1921

Keddie: Modern Iran

Satrapi: Persopolis

 

Grading & Requirements

Class attendance and participation: 25%

Quiz grade: 15%

Midterm exam: 30%

Final exam: 30%

MES 385 • Islamic Rev Of Iran, 1978-1990

41795 • Spring 2012
Meets W 12:00PM-3:00PM PAR 210
(also listed as HIS 388K)

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Islamic Revolution that took place in Iran in 1978-­?79. In order to provide an appropriate historical context for the study of the revolution students will be exposed to a broad survey of Shi'ism and Modern Iranian History. Students will learn the many theories regarding why the revolution happened, what factors contributed to its development, and how Iranian society, culture, politics, and religious beliefs and practices were affected by the revolution. In addition to weekly reading assignments, students will discuss these texts and present their research in class. In addition to class participation, students will write a graduate level research paper, as well as a short proposal for this paper.

 

Texts

Course packet containing selected articles and texts will be assigned.

 

Grading

Class participation 30%

Short paper (due week ten) 20%

Research paper (due at end of semester) 50%

ARA 387 • Shi'Ite Polit/Relig Ideologues

41630 • Spring 2011
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM MEZ 1.206
(also listed as HIS 388K, MES 381, PRS 384C)

Students will learn about modern Shi'ism by focusing on the religious and political writings of selected Shi'i scholar, theologians and intellectuals, including the doctrines and symbols of modern Shi'ism, while at the same time learning about broader trans-national historical and political trends affecting Iran, Iraq and Lebanon. The course will focus on selected Shi'i ideologues, including prominent Iranian figures like Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Shari'ati, Morteza Motahhari, and Abd al-Karim Sorush, as well as Iraqi and Lebanese figures like Musa al-Sadr, Mehdi Shams al-Din, Ali al-Sistani, Muhammad Husayn Fadl Allah, and Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr. Students will read two scholarly articles per week (in English) about the selcted ideologue for that week, as well as one 10-20 page selection from the writings of that figure (in both Persian and Arabic). Students can read either the Persian or the Arabic version. A separate discussion section of one hour per week in each language can be arranged based on student demand and interest. For students who are more advanced in language, additional texts can also be incorporated in the coursework on an informal basis.

Requirements:

Weekly readings, class discussions and presentations (in English), a translation into English of one short text, a short paper (10-15 pages), and a long paper (15-25 pages), using primary sources.

 

Grading:

Class participation    20%

Translation of one of the Persian/Arabic texts 15% Short paper (due in week nine)    25%

Research paper (due at end of semester)    40%

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

41895 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.306
(also listed as HIS 306N)

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

42270 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.306
(also listed as HIS 306N, MES 310)

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

MES 381 • Rdngs In Iranian Natlism/Polit

42485 • Fall 2009
Meets W 5:00PM-8:00PM MEZ 2.202
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

MES 381 • Islamic Rev Of Iran, 1978-1990

41527 • Spring 2009
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM CAL 323
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

MES 381 • Mod Iranian Hist And Historiog

42627 • Fall 2008
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM CAL 323
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

HIS 388K • Historcl Texts & Modern Media

40514 • Spring 2008
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM JES A203A

 

 

 

MES 381 • Shi'Ite Polit/Relig Ideologues

43213 • Fall 2007
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM CAL 323
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

MES 381 • Reading Iranian Historians

42040 • Spring 2007
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM MEZ 1.204
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

MES 381 • Islamic Rev Of Iran, 1978-1990

42970 • Fall 2006
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM PAR 214
(also listed as HIS 388K, R S 383)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

MES 381 • Mod Iranian Hist And Historiog

41215 • Spring 2006
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM PAR 214
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

40665 • Fall 2005
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM TAY 2.006
(also listed as HIS 306N, MES 310)

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

39320 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WEL 2.246
(also listed as HIS 306N, MES 310)

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

ISL 372 • Muslim Travelers And Traders

39330 • Spring 2005
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM PAR 105
C2 (also listed as HIS 388K, MES 381)

Please check back for updates.

ISL 340 • Prophet Of Islam: Life & Times

40365 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM MEZ 1.306
(also listed as R S 325)

Please check back for updates.

MES 381 • Islamic Revolution Of Iran

40650 • Fall 2004
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM CAL 21
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

R S S319 • Introduction To Islam

87640 • Summer 2004
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM WEL 2.308

The objective of this course is to give students a foundational understanding of Islam and Muslims, in terms of beliefs, practices, and culture. In order to achieve this three-part objective, we will read materials from various perspectives and of different genres. We will devote some time to Islamic history, because even if a religion is conceived in terms of universals and ideals, its actual manifestation is always tempered by historical, cultural and social context. We will explore the meaning of Islam as a worldview and a moral system through examining its doctrinal, ritual, philosophical, ethical and spiritual dimensions.

This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Islam.

ISL 340 • Prophet Of Islam: Life & Times

37775 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WEL 2.246
(also listed as R S 325)

Please check back for updates.

MES 381 • Mod Iranian Hist And Historiog

38460 • Spring 2004
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM PAR 105
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

38625 • Fall 2003
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WAG 101
(also listed as HIS 306N, MES 310)

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

MES 381 • Shi'Ite Islam

39330 • Fall 2003
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM GAR 111
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

ISL 311 • Intro M East: Rel/Cul/Hist Fnd

38246 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 1.102
(also listed as MES 301K)

Please check back for updates.

ISL 340 • The Qur'An-W

38255 • Fall 2002
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM GAR 3
C2 (also listed as R S 325G)

Please check back for updates.

R S S319 • Introduction To Islam

87845 • Summer 2002
Meets MTWTHF 2:30PM-4:00PM GEA 105

The objective of this course is to give students a foundational understanding of Islam and Muslims, in terms of beliefs, practices, and culture. In order to achieve this three-part objective, we will read materials from various perspectives and of different genres. We will devote some time to Islamic history, because even if a religion is conceived in terms of universals and ideals, its actual manifestation is always tempered by historical, cultural and social context. We will explore the meaning of Islam as a worldview and a moral system through examining its doctrinal, ritual, philosophical, ethical and spiritual dimensions.

This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Islam.

ISL 340 • Prophet Of Islam: Life & Times

37550 • Spring 2002
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM ESB 115
(also listed as R S 325)

Please check back for updates.

ISL 340 • The Qur'An-W

37555 • Spring 2002
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 1
C2 (also listed as R S 325G)

Please check back for updates.

ISL 310 • Introduction To Islam

38560 • Fall 2001
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WAG 101
(also listed as HIS 306N, MES 310)

This course provides an introduction to the religion of Islam. It is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, in religion, or in History. We will examine the theology, history, and main social and legal institutions of Islam. Islam, as a major system of belief in the world, is experienced by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Consequently, besides studying the basic tenets and texts of the religion, this course will focus on the variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have understood and interpreted Islam. We will review the debates surrounding the life of the prophet of Islam, Islamic pre-modern and modern history, the Islamic concept of God and society, the role of women, and finally, Islamic government and movements. The course is designed for students with a general interest in the Islamic world, religions, or history. No prior knowledge of Islam or Islamic history is necessary.

Texts

To be provided by instructor. 

Grading

To be provided by instructor. 

MES 381 • Islamic Rev Of Iran, 1978-1990

39255 • Fall 2001
Meets T 4:00PM-7:00PM CAL 323
(also listed as HIS 388K)

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

ISL 340 • Prophet Of Islam: Life & Times

37445 • Spring 2001
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM UTC 4.112
(also listed as R S 325)

Please check back for updates.

MES 381 • Islam Stds: Thry/Meth/Histriog

38170 • Spring 2001
Meets T 4:00PM-7:00PM BAT 106

Please contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

R S 325 • Prophet Of Islam: Life & Times

39745 • Spring 2000
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM MEZ 134

Please check back for updates.

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