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 22nd 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
Speaker: Ameneh Yousefi
Fri October 29th 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
Speaker: Mohammad Rasoulof
Fri November 5th 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
Speaker: Sahand Abidi

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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;…

Recent Media

Speaker: Ali Banuazizi, Reza Farokhfal, M.R. Ghanoonparvar, Hassan Kamshad, Sorour Kasmai, Abbas Milani, C. Ryan Perkins, Bahram Beyzaie
Speaker: Sahand Abidi, Hamid Amjad, Jaleh Amouzegar, Bahram Beyzaie, Abbas Milani, Negar Mottahedeh, Amir Naderi, Amirhossein Siadat, Saeed Talajooy, Mandana Zandian
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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