The Iranian revolution of 1979 and the Islamic Republic Model

Guest Lecture Series

12 marzo 2019
Versione stampabile

Luogo: Scuola di Studi Internazionali, via T. Gar 14 Trento, Aula 001
Orario: dalle 14.15 alle 16.00

Guest Speaker

  • Pejman Abdolmohammadi, Scuola di Studi Internazionali


This lecture examines the 1979 Iranian Revolution, focusing on the socio-economic and political elements of 1970s which led to regime change in Iran. The review of phenomenon, such as urbanisation, industrialisation, the rise of political Islam and mass politics will constitute the first part of this seminar. The second part will focus on the Islamic Republic model as the main offspring of the 1979 Revolution and the Ayatollah Khomeini’s political thought. It will analyse the main institutional and political features of the Islamic Republic, focusing on the relationship between religion and politics and the republican institutions and the Islamic ones. The lecture will come to an end with an examination of the form of state in Iran, highlighting the model of the Islamic Republic being a peculiar hybrid regime rather than a pure authoritarian or a democratic system.