History 21A is a general survey of world civilizations from Antiquity to the 15th Century CE. The course not only emphasized the major civilizations, but also their interconnectedness throughout history.
This seminar deals with Iranian society and history from the nineteenth century to the present. The basic question posed is that why Iran has been in revolt and revolutions for the past two centuries. From the Tobacco Revolt to the Green Revolution, Iranians have confronted colonial and dictatorial regimes. This course attempts to survey these […]
This course is a review of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest and earliest monotheistic and least known religious traditions in the world which influenced Judaism, Mahayana Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.
This course is a survey of Armenia and the Armenian people from pre-history to the fourteenth century CE. The course will focus on the kingdom of Urartu and the development of the Armenian nation and its encounter with their neighboring people. The course will also cover the development of important religions in Armenia, from the […]
This course is a review of major trends in the history of ancient Iranian religions or those religions which ancient Iranian beliefs and views have influenced, such as Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Mithraism.
This course is a survey of the history and civilization of the ancient Iranian world, encompassing the modern day nation-states of Iran, Afghanistan and the surrounding areas.
This course is a survey of Iranian history in the context of Late Antique and Medieval Islamic History. We shall attempt to present a view that Iranshahr could be studied as a separate cultural center amidst the Islamic world.
This course is a research seminar on the Sasanian Empire (224-651CE) which ruled over the Iranian Plateau, Mesopotamia and parts of Syria and Arabia.
This course will review some of the major themes which are important in post-revolutionary Iran. They include: I) War & Revolution; II) Women; III) Children and Poverty; IV) Social tensions; V) Political Participation; and VI) Religion and Modernity.
The objective of this course is to introduce the students of history to theory and theoretical works in the field. The course is less chronological and more theoretical. Each week we are going to cover a period or a school of history which is relevant and current to our discipline.
This course is a survey of the Roman world from the rule of Augustus in the first century BCE to Constantine in the fourth century CE. The course will particularly deal with Roman culture and civilization, besides that of political history.
This course attempts to examine the importance of food as reflected through the archaeological, visual and textual sources from the antiquity till today. This survey course covers a broad geographical range of eating and drinking habits of people, from the early populations of Asia, Africa, Americas, to the Mediterranean world.
This course surveys the important texts written on the history of the Ancient Near East and the Islamic world. Each week there will be a discussion of important authors and their contribution to the study of the Near East from Antiquity to the present.
This course is a review and critique of Eurocentric approach to world history. We will be reading major texts that have attempted to bring about a corrective view to the established Eurocentric accounts of world and regional histories.