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The speakers will be presenting three short papers that address the history of Shia juridical authority in Iran. A question and answer period will follow.The event is in honor of Professor Richard W. Bulliet who has been a member of the Columbia University Department of History for thirty-five years. During his tenure at Columbia, Professor Bulliet has directed forty-four Doctoral theses and taught numerous courses on the history of Islamic society and institutions, the history of technology, and the history of the role of animals in human society. His publications include, The Patricians of Nishapur: a Study in Medieval Islamic History (1972), Conversion to Islam in the Medieval Period: An Essay in Quantitative History (1979), and Islam: the View from the Edge (1994). His books on a broader view of Islamic history and society include Under Siege: Islam and Democracy (1994) and The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization (2004) and Cotton, Climate, and Camels in Early Islamic Iran: A Moment in World History (2009). He has also written five novels, the most recent of which is The One-Donkey Solution (2005).