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CafeLitt 248: Iran's Rural Development; Four Decades of Research

Sat 13 Apr 2013, 18:00, by Dr Eric Hooglund, at Mekic: 4438 rue de la Roche, Montreal (Map)
In collaboration with Mekic. 
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Eric James Hooglund is an American political scientist and an expert on contemporary Iran. Since 2010 he has been a Senior Research Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden.
Hooglund was born in Waterville, Maine, and was educated at the University of Maine at Orono, from where he revived a BA in history in 1966. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran (1966-68) and subsequently undertook graduate studies at John Hopkins University under the pre-eminent scholar of islamic law, Majid Khadduri, receiving a Ph.D in international relations and Middle Eastern Studies in 1975. During his doctoral field research in Iran in the early 1970s, he worked with Hamid Enayat, Nader Afshar Naderi, Javad Safinejad and Mostafa Azkia. His dissertation on the politics of land reform became his first published book, Land and Revolution in Rural Iran, 1960-1980, and it shows the influence of the ideas of James Scott, Eric Wolf, and Barrington Moore, Jr. on his approach to the study of peasant societies and rural resistance movements.
Hooglund has a long-standing commitment to the development of Middle Eastern studies as an academic discipline. For more than a decade he was a member of the editorial collective of Middle East Report published by MERIP, later was editor of the Middle East Journal and since 1995 has been editor of Middle East Critique.Hooglund has published several books and over 100 articles during his professional career. In his work Hooglund examines diverse aspects of Iranian culture, government, history, international relations, literature, migration, political economy, sociology, and religion. Although trained as a political scientist his best-known work falls in the category of rural political economy and sociology. 

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