The curriculum Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution traces the history of Iran and helps students understand the political and cultural conditions that led to the 1979 Revolution and its aftermath. (See detailed description and ordering information.)
Videos for Readings: The videos below follow the outline of the printed curriculum unit. The headings correspond to the headings in the student readings.
Videos for Lessons accompany lessons in the teacher's guide of the printed curriculum unit.
Scholars Online: Videos for Readings
Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution
University of Virginia
Center for American Progress
Part I. From Cyrus to Reza Shah
Islam and the Safavids
The Qajar Dynasty (1794-1925)
The Constitutional Revolution of 1906-1911
Reza Shah (1925-1941) Pahlavi Dynasty
Part II: Mossadegh to Khomeini
Mohammad Mossadegh and Oil Nationalization
The White Revolution: "Plagued by the West"
1979: Iranians Debate Their Future
Epilogue: The Islamic Republic
Iran's New Constitution
War with Iraq
Iran after Khomeini
Women in Iran
Women in Iran is an online lesson in which students explore their perceptions of women in Iran, gather information from scholarly videos about women in Iran and consider the possible effects of perceptions on international relations. This is a supplement to Iran Through the Looking Glass. This lesson includes Scholars Online resources specific to this topic.
The United States and the Iranian Nuclear Program
The United States and the Iranian Nuclear Program is an interactive lesson plan that engages students in consideration of divergent policy alternatives concerning current U.S. policy on Iran. Students who have worked with Iran Through the Looking Glass are well prepared for this lesson on current policy. This lesson includes Scholars Onine resources specific to this topic. It is available from Teaching with the News.