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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.
Center's students and faculty along with Iraj Afshar.
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News and Announcements

08/29/14 - Roxanne Varzi, Professor of Iranian anthropology at UC Irvine

Dr. Varzi has made a film entitled Plastic Flowers Never Die, which is about the cultural aftermath of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). We are planning to show the film at the center this coming academic year. Hossein Omoumi, Professor of Persian music at UC Irvine also contributed to the project,  (more)

08/28/14 - Mr. Ebrahim Nabavi is the visiting scholar at the Jordan Center for Persian Studies for the 2014-2015 academic year.

He is working on a history of Iranian satire which will result in the publication of a book length study. He will also preside over two other projects dealing with Rock / Alternative Persian music as well as the Tehran Project which is in the planning phase. Among his work,  (more)

08/26/14 - Soheila Kian teaches Persian and Iranian cinema at UC Irvine and is affiliated with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies.

Her book is entitled Ecritures et transgressions : D'Assia Djebar et de Leïla Sebbar, Les traversées des frontiers, L'Harmattan, 2009 (Writings and Transgressions of Assia Djebar and Leila Sebbar: At the Crossroad of Frontiers)

The book is about Assia Djebar and Leïla Sebbar, two major contemporary Algerian and Franco-Algerian  (more)

08/25/14 - Hossein Omoumi is the Maseeh Professor of Performing Arts at UC Irvine and an affiliated faculty at the Center for Persian Studies.

His new album is "Earthly Exile" that will be published soon.
دکتر حسین عمومی استاد موسیقی ایرانی دانشگاه ارواین. آلبوم جدید او بنام غربت خاک بزودی در ایران بیرون خواهد آمد  (more)

Our Projects

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.