POSTPONED: Shi'ism & Global Affairs Seminar


Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 5:30pm to 7:00pm


CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050)

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent developments with COVID-19 this seminar is postponed. 

"The Unfinished History of the Iran-Iraq War: Faith, Firepower, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards"


Dr. Annie Tracy Samuel, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Dr. Payam MohseniProject Director, Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs. Lecturer, Department of Government, Harvard University; Lecturer, Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School.


This talk, and the book on which it is based, will analyze how Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has documented the history of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) in its own publications on the conflict. Examining the IRGC’s history of the war, Dr. Tracy Samuel’s research reveals, demonstrates that both the experience of the Iran-Iraq War and the project of composing the historical narrative of the war are fundamental to the IRGC and accordingly to understanding the organization. Their significance stems from several factors,including: the ways in which the war and the ongoing revolutionary process in Iran influenced one another; the war’s role in legitimizing and institutionalizing the IRGC and the new Islamic Republic as a whole; the expansion and evolution of the IRGC through its participation in the war into the powerful organization it is today; and the fact that the Revolutionary Guards view history as a vital tool for shaping national identity and power.