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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs


Reflections on the Making of the BBC’s ‘Art of Persia’: The Perils and Pitfalls of Researching Iran

2nd December 2020, 15:45, ZOOM, Professor Ali Ansari University of St Andrews

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

15:45 via Zoom

Professor Ali Ansari will talk about the development and production of the BBC Scotland TV series Art of Persia, which was broadcast earlier this year on BBC4, as well as reflect more widely on researching the politics and history of Iran in the modern era.

Ali Ansari is Professor of Modern Middle East History, and Director of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is a global authority on the politics and history of Iran and is the author of several books on the country, including Iran, Islam and Democracy: the Politics of Managing Change (2000) Modern Iran Since 1921: the Pahlavis and After (2003); Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Roots of Mistrust (2006); Iran Under Ahmadinejad (2008); The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran (2012) Iran: A Very Short Introduction (2014) Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change, 3rd Edition (2019).

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