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

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The leadership and staff of the Stanford Program in Iranian Studies condemn the ongoing violence the Iranian regime is utilizing to silence dissent. We support the Iranians who demand justice for the death of Mahsa Amini and are calling for basic human rights, freedom, and dignity for all…

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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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