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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 - Dr. Ali Mousavi, Lecturer in the History Department at UC Irvine's History Department.

Dr. Mousavi was the winner of the Ehsan Yarshater Book Award for the best published book on ancient Iran. The award was presented on August 7th, 2014. He teaches the history of Ancient Persia (130B) at UCI and is an affiliate of the Center for Persian Studies. We congratulate him  (more)

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)

08/29/14 - Mark Levine, Professor of Modern Middle East History at UC Irvine is an affiliate of the Center for Persian Studies.

In his book, Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and Struggle for the Soul of Islam, he has a chapter entitled: “Iran: Like a Flower Growing in the Middle of the Desert.” Levine has also played with Iranian rock bands and people such as Mohsen Namjoo in Tehran and abroad and  (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)

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.