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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


10/27/14 - Sacred Landscape in Medieval Afghanistan - by Arezou Azad



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10/24/14 - Zarrinkelk Family Fellowship

The Jordan Center for Persian Studies is pleased to announce the third year of the Zarrinkelk Family Fellowship for graduate students at the University of California, Irvine. Two annual $5,000 fellowships are awarded to students during summer who are working toward the completion of their studies on Persian language, history  (more)

10/24/14 - Iraj Afshar Memorial Lectures

The Jordan Center for Persian Studies is pleased to announce the
establishment of the Iraj Afshar Memorial Lectures in Persian Studies at the University of California, Irvine. In collaboration with Iraj Afshar Research Trove in Tehran, every other year the Jordan Center will invite an eminent scholar in the field  (more)

10/24/14 - Professor Roxanne Varzi's piece entitled: "Ethnographic Fiction: The Space Between"

http://savageminds.org/2014/10/13/ethnographic-fiction-the-space-between/  (more)

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Our Projects
Dabir
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.

Bird
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.