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

Fri October 29th 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
Speaker: Mohammad Rasoulof
Fri November 5th 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
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Speaker: Nima Naimi, Alireza Sanayei, Julian Gigola

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Professor Bahram Beyzaie

Bahram Beyzaie is one of Iran’s most acclaimed filmmakers, playwrights, and scholars of the history of Iranian theater. Since he joined the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford, Professor Beyzaie has taught thousands of Stanford students through courses on Iranian cinema and theater;…

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

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