Stanford's hub for the interdisciplinary study of modern Iran

Iran as a civilization is one of the oldest in the world. Modern Iran has been a pivotal force in shaping the crucial region of the Middle East. It is increasingly important for scholars, policy analysts, and decision-makers in every field to understand the intricacies of modern Iranian society, and the interplay between economics, religions, ideologies, and political cultures that together shape Iran’s character and behavior.

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The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University stands in solidarity with the women of Iran and supports their struggle for freedom, human rights, and dignity. We strongly condemn any use of violence against those calling for basic human rights for all…

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