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"I chose to study Iran because I wanted a window into my mother's birthplace. I wanted to understand the language, become acquainted with the literature, and to above all honor my mother's story and her background," shared…

Julia during her travels to Jordan.

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"As an Iranian-American, I wanted to dive deeply into my family's culture and language. Especially as the women of Iran lead a revolution against the regime, I feel that I now have a better grasp of current issues…

Dr. Tomoyo Chisaka

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Tomoyo Chisaka joins the Iranian Studies Program as the second Zahedi Family Fellow in spring of 2023. Dr. Chisaka is a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo, Japan. She is currently a visiting scholar at the Abbasi Program in…

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Palo Alto, California. On March 25-26, 2023, the Conference, entitled “Dialogues on Transition to Secular Democracy”, is co-organized by the Gozar.org independent expert collective, KAI, and the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian…

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Never Invisible: An Iranian Woman’s Life Across the Twentieth Century is a new publication from Mage Publishers. 

In 2021, Houri Mostofi Moghadam’s archival collection was generously donated to Stanford…

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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…

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Dr. Kioumars Ghereghlou joined Stanford in September 2021 as the new Middle East Collections Curator at Stanford Libraries. In this interview, Dr. Ghereghlou gives an account of his role in collecting and managing library…

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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…

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Professor Bahram Beyzaie, the internationally acclaimed playwright, director and an accomplished poet, has written a stirring poem in praise of the on-going situation in Iran—led by women and triggered by the…

Image of Mahsa Amini, the young Iranian woman whose death while in custody of the Morality Police in Iran sparked protests across the country. 

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We have heard from many concerned faculty, students, staff, and community members in Iranian Studies about the events unfolding in Iran. We, the program’s leaders as well as concerned students and staff, stand in…

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Pierce Lowary graduated this year with a degree in computer science and a minor in Iranian studies.

“I'd say that my minor, in addition to all the interdisciplinary exploration I did at Stanford,…

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A new Stanford faculty website has been launched for Professor Bahram Beyzaie to help showcase his extensive work to an English-language audience. Read about his life; explore his plays and award winning films; watch…

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We are pleased to announce the launch of a new 5-year fund for the study of the Iranian diaspora. Made possible by Ms. Homa Sarshar, the gift provides funds for Stanford undergraduate and graduate students conducting research…

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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. 

"This book provides a…

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In 2012, Professor Bahram Beyzaie staged his shadawplay, Jana and Baladoor, at Stanford University as part of the Stanford Festival of Iranian Arts. The video recording will soon be available for viewers around the world to watch.…