Iran By Mr Kuppens
Sovereignty Authority and Power • The authority of the modern Iranian state is founded on principles of what? • Union of political and religious authority, Sharia law, strong sense of nationalism and uneven distribution of population are all important influences on Iran’s Political culture • Persian cultural roots were a strong influence of the political culture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xAitDru-U4 • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7ug7OqSujY
Safavids 1501-1722 • Converted 90% of the population to Shiism • Had no standing army • Had to depend of local leaders to collect taxes • Claimed to be descendants of the 12 Imams • htt://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6dXwqPnhWc • Bias tries to be funny
Qajars • Claimed to be the main interpreters of Islam and had separation between church and state • Suffered because of European imperialism • Sold oil rights to British • Lots of debt
Revolution 1979 • Are their any similarities between China 1949 and Iran 1979? • Ayatollah Khomeini took the term velayat-e-faqih which gave him jurist guardianship ie gave clergy authority over the entire shia community • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8bC1DEYbI4
Political parties • Who are directly elected by Iranian voters? • Describe the Iranian party system • Are there any checks on the Supreme Leader? • What are the most important policymaking bodies in Iran • What is the Majles?
Things to know • Major points of the 1906 Constitution • Iran became a rentier state…what a rentier state? • What was the white coup? • Largest single ethnicity is Iran is? • Tehran Spring? • What brought about the protest in 2009? • What is the status of women in Iran