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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Iranian Studies

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Stanford Iran 2040 Project

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Festival of Iranian Arts

Upcoming Events

Thu May 19th 2022, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Speaker: Saeid Golkar
Sat May 21st 2022, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Speaker: Ali Akbar Moradi, Arash Moradi, Mehdi Bagheri, Kourosh Moradi
Fri May 27th 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am
Speaker: Ammar Maleki

News & Announcements

The Struggle for Development in Iran is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in May of 2022.  The book draws on the work of the Stanford Iran 2040 research project. 

Recent Media

Speaker: Narges Mohammadi
Speaker: Naghmeh Sohrabi, Arash Davari
Speaker: Noelle E. Cockett, Henry Kissinger, Michael McFaul, Abbas Milani, Hamid Moghadam, Condoleezza Rice, Eric Wakin, Roham Alvandi, Arash Azizi, Robert Steele, Maaike Warnaar
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Explore More Iranian Studies Initiatives

Initiatives bring together resources, scholars, and knowledge from across campus and around the world to further the study of Iran's past and future. 

Bita Prize for Persian Arts

Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse

Science and Society