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The history of Iran in the 20th century

This is a collection of audio conversations. The conversations give a good insight into some problem areas of Iranian society and politics. Lastly, there is a report from Iran in 2012. In this, the 2010 and 2011 protests are highlighted once again.


1. Bert Fragner - The History of Iran in the 20th Century

Bert Fragner († 2021) was an Austrian Iranologist and director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. His research areas included Iran and Central Asia in the modern era.

2. Shirin Ebadi - The Iranian Women's Movement

 Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, judge and human rights activist. She was the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

3. Bahman Nirumand - Iran and the Nuclear Armament

Bahman Nirumand is an Iranian-German Germanist, Iranian scholar and author. He has published numerous books on contemporary Iranian history and politics.


4. Christoph Burgmer - The Hidden Opposition

Christoph Burgmer is an Iranologist, journalist and author. The reportage was written in 2012, after Burgmer was in Tehran together with a delegation of the University of Rostock.


Texts on Iran


This is a collection of texts with renowned scholars on the recent history and present of Iran. The texts highlight various aspects and problem areas of Iranian society and politics.

1. Yann Richard - From Religion to Revolution: Shiism

Yann Richard is professor emeritus at the Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris) and a specialist in modern Shiʿism, the history of contemporary Iran, and Persian literature. In conversation with Christoph Burgmer.

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