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Persian and Iranian Studies Program

The Persian and Iranian Studies program at the University of Washington is dedicated to promoting teaching, scholarship, and thoughtful public discourse about all aspects of the history and culture of Iran and the Persian-speaking world. Directed by Selim Kuru, chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization (NELC), the program’s scope includes the diverse Persian and Iranian cultures found throughout the Middle East and the Diaspora. Students in the Program have the opportunity to study up to four years of Persian language and literature taught in the Persian language, as well as courses on Persian literature, history, and culture in English.

The Program offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in NELC with a focus on Persian literature and Iranian studies and works closely with a wide range of other programs and departments on campus, including the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies.


  • Click here for the latest latest Afrassiabi lecture by Nasrin Rahimieh from February 25, 2016.


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Selim Kuru

Selim Kuru
Persian and Iranian Studies Program

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