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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.
UCIís hub for interdisciplinary research projects that bridge the arts, humanities, engineering, medicine, and the sciences with Persian studies, announced today that Touraj Daryaee, Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies and Culture, has been named director.
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11/23/15 - Dr. Keenan Baca-Winter, alumni of UCI and Jordan Center, mentioned in the News

The Jordan Center for Persian Studies is proud to announce that Dr. Keenan Baca-Winter has been mentioned on the Iranian Studies websites for the following achievement. He graduated last year from UCI and is an alumni of Jordan Center for Persian Studies.

We congratulate him for his work: "The  (more)

11/23/15 - A Talk and Book Signing by Sheida Mohamadi

Join us on Tuesday, December 1st, 6-7 p.m. in Humanities Gateway HG 1030 for a talk and book signing by Sheida Mohamadi, Jordan Center's poet-in-residence about her two most recent books "Aks-e Fowri-ye Eshqbazi" (The Snapshot of Lovemaking) and "Yavashhaye Ghermez" (Crimson Whispers).

This event is Co-Sponsored by Farhang  (more)

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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.