1.Draw a chart of the government structure of the modern Iranian government. Explain the functions of each. Which institutions are elected, non- elected, and which are appointed?
2.Discuss the role of the Supreme Leader. Does this institution remain the dominant political player in the country? Why/why not?
3.Some scholars state that democracy and Islam are incompatible. Does Iran prove or disprove this argument? In your response, note the authoritarian features of the theocratic regime as well as the concessions it has made to democracy. Moreover, address whether the nondemocratic elements of the regime are a result of features unique to Iran.
4. The Shah undertook many changes in Iranian society. First, briefly describe these changes. Second, assess both the negative and positive impacts that these changes had on the country. Finally, evaluate which of these changes led to his downfall.
5. The 1979 Islamic Revolution has been variously described as a religious one and a nationalistic one. First, describe both the religious and nationalistic elements of the revolution. Next, frame an argument as to whether the revolution was predominately religious or nationalistic or a mixture of both.
6. Compare and contrast Iran’s reformers and conservatives. How do the beliefs of these two groups compare to one another? What has been their impact upon Iranian politics?
7. Discuss the negative and positive impact of oil upon Iran. Note both the economic and political impacts as well as the domestic and international effects in your discussion.