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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Explore highlights from the 2021-2022 academic year. The wane of COVID brought a welcome return to in-person teaching and the program's ability to host several live events throughout the year. We hosted film screenings, a concert, lectures, book talks, and conferences, and we remained…

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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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Art, Social Space, and Public Discourse

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