In recent years, Iran has gained attention mostly for negative reasons—its authoritarian religious government, disputed nuclear program, and controversial role in the Middle East—but there is much more to the story of this ancient land than can be gleaned from the news. Writing from an Iranian rather than a European perspective, Katouzian integrates the significant cultural and literary history of Iran with its political and social history. Some of the greatest poets of human history wrote in Persian—among them Rumi, Omar Khayyam, and Saadi—and Katouzian discusses and occasionally quotes their work. A magisterial history, this book also serves as an excellent background to the role of Iran in the contemporary world. Sold by: Amazon.
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He began studying the life and works of the modern Persian writer, Sadeq Hedayat , and that of the Prime Minister of Iran in the early s, Mohammad Mosaddeq , while still a faculty member in the department of economics at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
Having taught economics at universities in Britain and other countries for eighteen years, he took voluntary retirement in to devote his entire time to Iranian studies. Antony's College , where for thirteen years he edited the bimonthly Iranian Studies , the journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies.
He is editor of the International Journal of Persian Literature , senior editor of Iran Namath , a journal of Iranian studies, and co-editor of Routledge's Iranian studies book series. Katouzian was born in Tehran , Iran. After graduation from Alborz High School and a year at the University of Tehran , in he went to Britain to study economics. Since , Katouzian has been teaching Persian literature and Iranian history at the University of Oxford and has organized two international conferences: the Hedayat Centenary, at the Middle East Centre, St.
Katouzian has been involved in Iranian cultural and artistic activities in Britain. He has written for the British press and contributed to BBC radio and television programs. Katouzian has written extensively in pure and applied economics, but his original contributions in economics are in the theory of the development of the service sector, the economics of petroleum-exporting countries, and economic method and philosophy.
As early as the late s he predicted that the share of services in output and employment would rapidly grow in advanced countries and in some developing countries, for different sets of reasons, and that the share of non-factor services in international trade would also grow steadily, the advanced countries tending to specialize in the export of services. Also, he was one of the first economists, from the late s, to describe petroleum revenues received by the petroleum-exporting countries as economic rent, and the countries in question as rentier economies, and studied the effect of the receipt of the petroleum rent by the state on the economics as well as politics of petroleum-exporting countries.
The subject further involved him in a critique of the philosophies of science developed by Karl Popper and Thomas Kuhn arguing that Popper's criteria were no longer applied by modern scientists, and that Kuhn's historical generalizations were largely circular. Katouzian has taught the history of nineteenth and twentieth century Iran at Oxford University.
He has published extensively on twentieth century Iranian history and has been responsible for a number of cases of historical revisionism, for example that the coup in Iran was not engineered by the British government; that the Anglo-Persian Agreement of was not intended to turn Iran into a British protectorate; and that the Iranian-Azarbaijani political leader, Sheikh Mohammad Khiyabani was not a separatist, was not pro- Bolshevik and was not opposed to the agreement.
Apart from writing descriptive and analytical history, Katouzian has put forward "the theory of arbitrary rule, and the fundamental state-society conflict in Iranian history" which has led him to comparative studies of the sociology of Iranian history with that of Europe.
The theory has been described virtually in all of his major writings on Iranian history, but, within a single volume, it is propounded in his Iranian History and Politics, the Dialectic of State and Society Katouzian has both taught and written on modern as well as classical Persian literature and has taught modern poetry and fiction at Oxford University.
Modern writers he has written about include Sadeq Hedayat , and Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh , the founder of modern Persian fiction. He has taught classical Persian literature from the 10th century to the 19th century, both in prose and poetry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article includes a list of references , but its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.
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