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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.


Upcoming Persian Events:

  • The University of Washington Persian and Iranian Studies Gala
    Organized and presented by community members to raise support for the Persian and Iranian Studies program, students and faculty
    October 17, 2015
    6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Mercer Island Community Center, Mercer Room
    8236 SE 24th St. Mercer Island, WA 98040
    For table sponsorship or individual seats contact:

  • The Myth of the Simurgh: Image of Royal Power in the Arts and Ideology of the Iranian World
    By Matteo Compareti
    Guitty Azarpay Distinguished Visiting Professor
    in the History of the Arts of Iran and Central Asia
    University of California, Berkeley
    October 20, 2015
    2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    University of Washington
    Thomson 317


NELC Persian Listserv: Receive information about all NELC Persian and Iranian Studies Program news and events. You may subscribe yourself by clicking here.

Selim Kuru

Selim Kuru
Director, Persian and Iranian Studies Program

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