Articles - محمد علی همایون کاتوزیان :: Homa Katouzian


A Short Report on a Long Intellectual Journey

In October 2012, at a public ceremony held at Harvard University, Homa Katouzian was presented with SINA’s ‘Outstanding Achievement Award in Recognition of Exceptional Contributions to Humanities’. As part of the ceremony, he had been required to present a talk to the conference briefly describing the development of his academic [...]

Mosaddeq and the intervention of the International Bank

Published in The Middle East in London, Volume 10. Number 1, December 2013-January 2014 Homa Katouzian sheds light on a missed opportunity for averting the oil crisis in Iran some sixty years ago The 1953 coup and failure of the Popular Movement of Iran (Nehzat-e Melli-ye Iran) were not inevitable. Mosaddeq and many of his colleagues repeatedly [...]

Literature and Politics in Iran: 1919–۱۹۲۵

  Homa Katouzian Published in Iran Nameh, A Quarterly of Iranian Studies, 30, 2, pp.xx-xlxii, Summer 2015   Abstract The Constitutional Revolution of Iran (1905–1911) opened up literature to the general public and assigned it a great role in making or breaking politicians and political ideas. However, not long after the victory of 1909, [...]

A Short Report on a Long Intellectual Journey

Delivered on 12 October 2013 at Harvard University on the occasion of receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award in Humanities from SINA Homa Katouzian I feel honoured by the honour that SINA has showered on us and proud that I have this opportunity to say a few words to this distinguished audience. The establishment of SINA is quite timely [...]

Sayyed Hasan Taqizadeh: Three Lives in a Lifetime

Homa Katouzian Published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 32, 1, April 2012 Sayyed Hasan Taqizadeh was a revolutionary leader, a politician, an intellectual journalist, a diplomat, a university teacher and a scholar of Persian classics both in history and literature. Through a long and often turbulent career [...]


Published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and he Middle East, 23, 1&2, 2003 ABSTRACT In Iran, both before and after Islam, the ruler was thought to be God’s vicegerent on earth and, unlike Europe, his legitimacy was not dependent on the law of primogeniture. Thus he was not bound by any written or unwritten law or [...]


Published in Middle Eastern Studies, 40, 1, January 2004 Iran was a short-term society in contrast to Europe’s long-term society. It was a society in which change - even important and fundamental change - tended to be a short-term phenomenon. And this was precisely due to the absence of an established and inviolable legal framework [...]

The Revolution for Law: A Chronographic Analysis of the Constitutional Revolution of Iran

  The Revolution for Law: A Chronographic Analysis of the Constitutional Revolution of Iran[1]                                 Homa Katouzian Published in Middle Eastern Studies, 47, 5, September 2011, pp. 757-777   The discovery of Law In 1906 a constitution laid down the rules and procedures for [...]


Published in IRAN, British Society of Persian Studies, 2002[1] Bahar is generally regarded as the last distinguished poet writing within the structure of classical Persian prosody, although much of his living poetry is freshly modern in substance, use of words and figures of speech. Apart from that, he was active in the Constitutional Era, [...]

European Liberalisms and Modern Concepts of Liberty in Iran

Published in Homa Katouzian Iranian History and Politics (Rouledge, 2007) The subject One hundred years ago there was a massive revolution in Iran primarily for the establishment of law and lawful government. This may still come as a surprise to some who are nurtured and versed in the history of modern Europe. Modern European [...]