These are my personal notes for the first lecture in these series. These notes are not polished and has been written for my own reference during the lectures. However, I am making these note available based on the request by some of my non-Farsi speaking audience. I have aslo included some of the data charts and tables referenced to in this lecture
It should be noted that I was not able to cover all the material summarized here in the first lecture. Specially, the part regarding the political transformation of the Iranian society between two revolutions, i.e., the constitutional revolution of 1907 and the 1979 revolution. This subject will be covered in the second lecture.
I hope these notes would be a help to my friends to follow the subject, at least schematically.
September 13, 2011