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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43213 T
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
CAL 323

Course Description

Students will learn about modern Shi'ism by focusing on the religious and political writings of selected Shii scholar, theologians and intellectuals, including the doctrines and symbols of modern Shiism, 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 Shii ideologues, including prominent Iranian figures like Ruhollah Khomeini, Ali Shariati, 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.

Grading Policy

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. 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%


Course packet containing the English articles and the Persian/Arabic texts


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