Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran

The Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran research initiative examines some of the most important topics within contemporary Iran, focusing on its social, cultural, economic, and political domains. Through this multi-disciplinary, empirically-based research initiative, our goal is to present a comprehensive study of contemporary Iranian society.

The Iranian Revolution was one of the most important events to take place in the Middle East within the past fifty years. The revolution completely transformed one of the region’s largest and most influential countries, and had far-reaching implications for both Iran’s neighbors as well as the world at large. From its earliest post-revolutionary years, scholars and analysts have regularly puzzled over the Islamic Republic, its consequences for Iranian society and history, and its direction and evolution.

Inside the Islamic Republic
  • Click here to read about the "Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran" Working Group Meeting I
  • Click here to read about the "Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran" Working Group Meeting II

As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Working Groups that convene in Doha to examine a variety of international issues. The primary purpose of CIRS research initiatives is to fill in existing research gaps, and to contribute towards furthering knowledge on the prevailing issues related to security, economic stability, and the political realm of the region. Each of these projects involves some of the most prominent scholars of the Middle East and the Gulf region. Each scholar participating will be working on a specific sub-topic, under the overarching subject.

Working Group Meetings


Mahmood Monshipouri, ​​​​​​ed., Inside the Islamic Republic: Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2016).

Social Change"Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran," CIRS Summary Report no. 10 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2013).