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10/09/13

Panel Discussions at UCLA: The 1953 Coup and its Implications for the Current Political Discourse in Iran

Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series of Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA

Sunday October 13, 2013, 4:00 PM, 121 Dodd Hall, UCLA (in Persian)
Monday October 14, 2013, 3:00 PM, 10383 Bounche Hall, UCLA (in English)


Photo: "Tanks in the streets of Tehran, 1953" - Photographer: unknown

Panelists: Mohammad Amini, Independent Scholar; Ahmad Ashraf, Columbia University; and Maziar Behrooz, San Francisco State University

Panel Information: August 2013 is the 60th anniversary of the coup against Mohammad Mossadeq, one of the pivotal events of modern Iranian - and Middle Eastern - history.  The coup and the conditions surrounding it continue to spark academic and political debate due to their significance for subsequent developments in Iran as well as for the Islamic Republic's relations with the United States and the West. This panel will serve as a forum to re-visit predominant understandings and narratives about this critical period by looking at new evidence, identifying fresh analyses and discussing some lingering historical questions for future research.

Mohammad Amini is author of numerous articles on secularism, modernity, ethnicity and socio-political issues concerning Iran and the Middle East. He is the son of former Tehran mayor, Nosrat-ollah Amini, an Iranian lawyer and politician who became the personal attorney of Mohammad Mossadegh. Mohammad Amini is author of State & Religion in Iran, published in 1980 in Tehran, and most recently The Deception with History, a response to some of revisionist accounts of history regarding the 28-month premiership of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh.

Ahmad Ashraf, Ph.D., has taught sociology and social history of Persia at the University of Tehran, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, and Princeton University. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, including Historical Obstacles to the Development of Capitalism in Iran (1980). His writings have covered topics such as social hierarchies in Persia, tradition & modernity, Iranian national identity, agrarian relations in Persia, and charismatic leadership and theocratic rule in post-revolutionary Persia. Professor Ashraf has served on the editorial board of Iranian StudiesInternational Journal of PoliticsCulture & Society, and Iran-Nameh. Since 1992, he has served as a Trustee-at-Large of the American Institute of Iranian Studies.

Maziar Behrooz was born in Tehran-Iran. He received his B.A degree in History-Government from Saint Mary College of California (1982), his M.A. in Modern History of Europe from San Francisco State University (1986), and his Ph.D. in Modern History of the Near East from University of California, Los Angeles (1993). He has taught at UC Berkeley, Saint Mary's College of California, Stanford University, Bridgewater State College, and is currently an associate professor at the History Department of San Francisco State University. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Iran and is the author of two books on the history of Iranian left movement: Rebels with a Cause (1999), which has been translated into Persian (2001) and Turkish (2006); and Perspectives on the History of Rebels with a Cause in Iran (2006) which is a collection of articles and interviews on the left movement in Iran, translated and published in Iran and in Persian.  Link to a wiki (Persian) biography

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