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The Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, originally established by the School of Humanities in collaboration with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, became a campus center in January 2009. Dedicated to drawing on the strengths of the entire UC Irvine campus, the Center focuses on interdisciplinary research projects that bridge the arts, humanities, engineering, medicine, and the sciences.
Mrs. Nastaran Akhavan pledges support to Ancient Iranian research in memory of her father, Jafar Akhavan.
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04/01/15 - Lecture by Dr. Abbas Milani, Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University

Culture Wars in Iran: Repressive tolerance or a new modernity?
Dr. Abbas Milani
Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University

Monday, April 20th, 2015
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
1030 Humanities Gateway
Reception to follow


04/01/15 - Farhang Foundation presents: Cyrus Massoudi

Farhang Foundation presents
Cyrus Massoudi
Author of Land of the Turquoise Mountains
Talk & Reception

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
1341 Humanities Gateway


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Our Projects

Dabir Journal

The Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review (DABIR) is an open
access, peer-reviewed online journal published by the Dr. Samuel M.
Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of
California, Irvine. DABIR aims to quickly and efficiently publish brief
notes and reviews relating to the pre-modern world in contact with Iran and Persianate cultures. The journal accepts submissions on art
history, archaeology, history, linguistics, literature, manuscript
studies, numismatics, philology and religion, from Jaxartes to the
Mediterranean and from the Sumerian period through to and including the Safavid era (3500 BCE-1500 CE). Work dealing with later periods can be considered on request.

Sasanika: The History and Culture of Sasanians

One of the most remarkable empires and civilizations of the first millennium CE was that of the Sasanian Empire. As one of the two great powers of late antiquity, the Sasanian domain eventually encompassed not only modern day Iran and Iraq, but it also controlled or influenced the greater part of Central Asia (Afghanistan, Tukremenestan, Uzbekestan), Caucasus (Republic of Azerbijan, Armenia and Georgia) and the Near East (Syria, Arabia, Persian Gulf Arab states, Israel and Egypt).

Samuel Jordan Center Videos

If you were not able to attend one of our lectures or programs, now you can watch them online! This link provides information, audio and video recordings of the past events.