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Mrs. Nastaran Akhavan Pledges Gift to Promote Research on the Ancient Iranian World

Department: Office of the Dean

Date Posted: January 30, 2015

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Mrs. Nastaran Akhavan has pledged a gift to UC Irvine for the next five years to teach and research on the Ancient Iranian world. The money will be used to hire lecturers teaching Ancient Iranian history and also for research on topics dealing with the Achaemenid, Seleucid, Arsacid and Sasanian period. This gift is in memory of her father, Jafar Akhavan.

"I am very thankful to Mrs. Akhavan for such a wonderful gift. It is in this manner that we can ensure that our students are exposed to the history and culture of ancient Iran which had an immense presence in antiquity," said Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and interim director of the Dr. Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture.

The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture serves as an umbrella organization for various activities related to the study of Iran and the Persianate world at the University of California, Irvine. Courses, offered by the affiliated faculty, are the backbone of center's academic and pedagogical mission. These include courses on language, literature, history, music and culture at undergraduate and graduate levels.

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