Rethinking Iran:  Images and Realities

SRS 200-05
Spring 2019
Lippman Hall 201, Tue Thu 9:00-10:45
Eshragh Motahar

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Fax:  (518) 388-6988

Course Material
Syllabus Term Paper Proposal Guidelines
Iran:  Basic Facts Presentation Guidelines     Presentations Schedule
Short Paper    Suggestions for the Short Paper Term Paper Guidelines  (Past Paper Topics)
Library Resources Election 2017 photos 1     Election 2017 photos 2
Topic Outlines
Introduction Orientalism BBC Documentary Government Structure
Nuclear Issues The Economy Women/Human Rights Islam
Data Sources
Central Bank of Iran 30th Anniversary Documents
CIA Factbook The Economist
Encyclopdia Iranica Trading Economics
Global Finance UN Data
IMF United Nations Development Programme
Iran Data Portal:  Syracuse University World Bank
Princeton University Iran Data Portal  
Useful Sites

(Please note:  this section of the site is "work in progress."  At this point, this section is selective, incomplete, eclectic, etc.  Check back frequently!  Suggestions welcomed.)

Analyses, Commentary
Agence Global (Bulliet, Khouri, Seale, et al)

Iran's population getting older

Cyrus' "prayer" at Persepolis
Iran Deserts (Farsi)
Kaanoon-e Iranian (Farsi)

in Farsi
in English

Bookstores/Publishers/Book Reviews
Downloadable books (Farsi)
Mage Publishers
Pars Times

Iranian Calendar
A Concise Review of the Iranian Calendar
Calendar Converter

CIA Coup and Other Foreign Interventions
British Intervention in Iran
Document 1 (NY Times, Schaffer Library)
Document 2 (YouTube)
Famin in iran during WWI
Kashahni-CIA (Farsi)
Kinzer on CIA coup  (26 minutes)
Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept
Mossadegh Project
State Department Publishes Formerly Expunged Documents on 1953 Iran Coup
U.S. Ambassador interview

A Taste of Iran 1 (BBC)
BBCPersian:  From Cyrus to Ahmadinezhad
Bourdain Unknown Iran (CNN)
Iran Season--AlJazeera
Iran and the West 1/3, BBC, 2/7/2009
Iran and the West 2/3, BBC, 2/14/2009
Iran and the West 3/3, BBC, 2/21/2009
Nightingales and Roses (BBC)
Our Man in Tehran (New York Times)
PBS:  A Death in Tehran (11/17/2009, Neda)
NPR Studio 360 (12/21/2007)
PBS:  Forbidden Iran
PBS:  Talking to Iran
Rageh Inside Iran
Reza Shah (Farsi)
Shah's Departure from Iran
"The Most Dangerous Nation"
Terror and Tehran (PBS)

Elections 2009 (Presidential)

Tirgan (Toronto)
Tirgan (description in Farsi)

Iranian Government Links
The Presidency
National Institutions and other links

Before chador
Before chador--Ms Foroozaan
Bush in Esfahan
Chadored women not allowed
Darya Kenaar
From Tehran to Cairo A manoto 1 documentary
Goethe nights in Tehran
Goethe nights, BBCPersian (Farsi)
Island of Stability
Parissa interview with national TV
Shah and Farah
Shah, Soraya, Elizabeth and Phillip
Shah and Fouzieh
Shah in Amsterdam
Shah in Hungary
Shah & Farah in NYC 1962
Shah's Speech on Women's Day
School textbooks
University Students
"Worthy Girls"

Khomaini arrival in Tehran
Khomeini on Hostage Issue
Sor'at e Eshgh (Kiosk)
School books before and after
U.S. Embassy Takeover

Before and After
History in Pictures
TV announcers
Women's football
Zoghal Khoob (Kiosk)

Origins of Sunni and Shiite Islam by Devin Stewart (1)
Origins of Sunni and Shiite Islam by Devin Stewart (2)
Pew Report 2009
Pew Site:  Unity and Diversity

African and Middle Eastern/Library of Congress
Ahmadinejad's interview with AlJazeera 10/6/12
AlJazeera on Nuclear issues/Israel/"wipe out"
Asghar Agha (Farsi)
Azarbaijan People's Government
Bahrain Map, 1961
Calendar, other general information
Celebrating Christmas in Iran
Ey Iran
Farman establishing constitutional monarchy
Flowers, the symbolism of in Iranian culture (Farsi)
Haftaan (Farsi)
Haft-Seen (Farsi)
Impeccable Logic (Monty Python, Youtube)
Iran Air Flight 655
Iran:  A Parallel Universe
Iranian-American Survey (MIT)
Iran-Contra Affair
Iranian Internet Resources
Iranians (home and abroad; YouTube)
Iranians for Peace
Izadi "Haj"
Israel:  Iranians we love you!
Jon Stewart/Jason Jones Behind the Veil
Jon Stewart/Jason Jones 1 Minarets of Menace
Jon Stewart/Jason Jones 2 Persians of Interest
Jon Stewart/Jason Jones 3 Ayatollah So
Jon Stewart/Jason Jones 4 The Kids are Allah Right
Jon Stewart/War Bores
Jon Stewart/Iran War Drums
Jon Stewart/Menage a quatre? June 2014
Kite Festival (Tehran, BBCPersian)
Maz Jobrani (Persia, YouTube)
Maz Jobrani (Cookie)
National Iranian-American Council
New York Times:  "Not-So-Crazy in Tehran" Kristof, 6/23/2012
NoRooz in Israel
NoRooz in Israel (2)
Obama's Message, NoRooz 2012
Parviz Khatibi
Parstimes:  General Information
Perez's Message:  NoRooz 2012
Persia, Iowa (Farsi)
Plastic Surgery--nose jobs
Rich Kids of Tehran
Russian Ambassador in Tehran 1828
"Salt Men" in Iran
Satire:  Bush and Hussain
Silk Road Studies
Sizdah beh dar
Stress and Hope in Tehran, NY Times
Tah-deeg Art
TED:  Israel/Iran
Tissa Hami (Iran, YouTube)
Unrequited Hospitality (WWII Ploish people/Iran)
Weddings in Iran
Zero-degree Orbit (madaar-e sefr darajeh)
Z-Net:  Iran

Attar Birds
Conference of Birds
Esfahani gooyesh
Forough Farrokhzad
Ganjoor (Poetry database, Farsi)
Ghand-e Parsi (BBCPersian)
Keshavarz Interview on Rumi
Ketaab-e Jom'e
Ketaab-e Koucheh
Molana:  Soroush (VOA, Persian)
Molana:  The Song of Ney
Saa'edi et al (Farsi)
Saales (Farsi)

Iran Ethnic Groups
Iran Ethnolinguistic Groups
Iran Surrounded
Muslims in the World
Persian Empire 1
Persian Empire 2
Shi'a in the Middle East
Southwest Asia
Terrorism Map

Darbaarer-ye Eli
Datbaarey-ye Eli alt
Marmoulak alt
Marmoulak alt 2
Tala va Mes (Gold and Copper)
Tofigh-e Ejbaari
Zendeghi-ye Khosoosi


Chahaar Mezraab
Chakavak Ensemble/Library of Congress
Iranians and Israelis playing Chamber Music
Darvish Radio (Iranian traditional music)
(Abjeez Interview (Farsi))
Golhaa Project
Golhaa Radio (Iranian traditional music)
Hayedeh (in Israel)
Introduction to Iranian Music
Marziyeh Concert (UK?, YouTube)
Motamedi-Rosario La Tremendita 2011
Motamedi-Rosario La Tremendita 2014
Parissa interview (Farsi TV)
Rita:  Kamtar zan Shaneh  official YouTube  alt
Pouran + Viguen:  Kamtar zan shaneh  alt
Rita:  VOAPersian
Rita at the UN
Simorq Project
Simorq Project/BBC broadcast
Simorq Project/BBC broadcast alt
Viguen (Maraa beboos)

News Sites/Radio, TV, Magazines, etc.
Informed Comment
Iran Radio Channels
Iran News Agency
Jonbesh-e Raah-e Sabz (Jaras)
NBC interview with Zarif, March 4, 2015
Radio College Park
Radio Golha
Talk تاک

Nuclear Issues
Manufactured Crisis/Gareth Porter

Oral History
Harvard Iranian Oral History Project

Perceptions of Persia

Photographs/Videos (Scenery)
Bad-hejabs 1
Bad-hejabs 2
British Woman's Trip to Iran (on a bicycle)
Cloud Forest, Shahroud
Historical photos of Iran
History in Pictures
Iran the beautiful
Iran:  Baad-e Sabaa (French, 1970)
Iran Scenery 1 (YouTube)
Iran Scenery 3 (YouTube)
Jewish Iranians in Israel
Mazandaran Province in autumn
Mossadegh in New York
NoRooz in Tajikistan
Old Iran
Penn State ISA March 2013
Persian Empire (photos)
Qajar Period
Rural Iran Picturebook
Tajikistan (Bolshevik Revolution)
Sam Javanrouh
Time Photoessay
Wind Mills


CIA Factbook
The Economist
The World Bank

Rafsanjani's Death

New York Times

Revolution 1979
Ayatollah Khomeini: A rare encounter with a true revolutionary
The ayatollah's unkept promises

Scenes ...
139, 2/20/16
138, 1/30/16
137, 1/17/16
136, 1/2/16
135, 12/6/15
134, 8/16/15
133, 8/8/15
132, 7/25/15
131, 4/26/15

130, 4/5/15
129, 3/28/15
128, 3/21/15
127, 3/14/15
126, 3/7/15
125, 2/28/15
124, 2/21/15

123, 2/14/15
122, 2/7/15
121, 1/31/15

120, 1/24/15
119, 1/16/15
118, 1/4/15
117, 11/29/15

BBC (including maps)
Corruption in Iran (a study by Reuters, 11/11/2013))
Library of Congress
The Iranophobia Lobby Machine.  The Nation, August, 2014..

Universities/Learned Societies/Libraries/Museums
American Institute of Iranian Studies
The Association for the Study of Persian Societies
British Library (Golha Archival Project)
British Museum (the World of Ancient Persia)
Columbia University
Foundation for Iranian Studies
Harvard University
International Society for Iranian Studies
Institute for Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies
Iran Heritage Foundation
Iran Primer, US Institute of Peace
MIT Center for International Studies
Omid-e Mehr Foundation
United States Institute of Peace
University of Maryland
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Toronto/Iranian Studies
Rutgers University
Toronto Initiative for Iranian Studies
University of Wisconsin

Children of the Revolution (BBC), Part 1
Children of the Revolution (BBC), Part 2
Democracy Now interview with Ahmadinejad (part I)
Democracy Now interview with Ahmadinejad (part II)
NPR Studio 360 (12/21/2007)
Larry King interview with Ahmadinejad
Library of Congress
Pletka on Iran

Cultural Heritage (tourism information)
Iran Affairs
TehranBureau (at PBS)
TehranBureau (at the Guardian)
Wide Asleep in America

Armenian Genocide (BBC Persian)
Armenian Genocide/rugs (BBC Persian)
Baha'i Architecture
The Holocaust (BBCPersian)
Jews in ancient Iran (Farsi)
Jews in Iran (BBCPersian, October 2012)
A Quiet Genocide
Tahereh and Forough:  here here and here
Women of Tavakolan Village, Kermanshah
Zoroastrians:  Khorde Avesta
Zoroastrians (BBCPersian)
آثار شش زن ایرانی در نمایشگاه بینابین در نیویورک
رنگین‌کمان زنان ایرانی در پایتخت آمریکا

Last revised:  Sunday, February 18, 2018