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DHIS 2450A - Turkey-Iran Nexus: Historical Aspects and Contemporary Challenges (The)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A basic familiarity with the history, geography and politics of the Middle East and the Mediterranean area is required. A general knowledge of contemporary history (19th-21st centuries) is welcome as well.

Course Description

This seminar offers an introduction to the past and present of two major powers of the Middle East, Turkey and Iran. It aims at studying these two countries not as isolated or merely parallel case studies, but as interacting and overlapping polities. While integrating international relations and diplomacy in its scope, this course will introduce students to the political, social and cultural history of the region. Several level of analysis will be used: local, regional and global interactions all contribute to a better understanding of these two complex countries. While the first two seminars will make a general presentation of the course (themes, chronological framework, main aspects of Turkish and Iranian history), the following seminars will be devoted each to a specific topic which will enable to examine simultaneously both countries.


PEYRAT, Etienne (Assistant Professor)

Course validation

The assessment will rely upon three assignments : 1) a short oral presentation on a contemporary topic related to Iran and/or Turkey (30 %), 2) a written paper (30 %), 3) two short tests (20 % each).

Required reading

  • Zürcher, Erik Jan, Turkey : A Modern History (London-New York : I.B. Tauris, 2017) 956.1-ZUR-2017
  • Abrahamian, Ervand, A History of Modern Iran (Cambridge-New York : CUP, 2014) [Online]
  • Razoux, Pierre, The Iran-Iraq War (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of HUP, 2015) 956.05-RAZ-IRA-2015 [in French : Razoux, Pierre, La guerre Iran-Irak : 1980-1988, Première Guerre du Golfe, Paris, Perrin, 2013 956.05-RAZ-2013]
  • Waldman, Simon, Caliskan, Emre, The New Turkey and its Discontents (London: Hurst & Co), 2016 320.956 1-WAL-2016