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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

09/15/14 - “The Achaemenid Empire in the Context of World History (550-330 BCE)”

“The Achaemenid Empire in the Context of World History (550-330 BCE),” in Excavating an Empire: Achaemenid Persia in Longue Duree, eds. T. Daryaee, A. Mousavi, Kh. Rezakhani, Mazda Publishers, 2014, by T. Daryaee and Kh. Rezakhani.  (more)

09/15/14 - Announcing the launch of DABIR

دوستان: خوشحالم که اعلام کنم دبیر مجله آکادمیک مجازی در مرکز ایرانشناسی دانشگاه کالیفرنیا آغاز به کار کرد. هدف مجله چاپ مقالات کوتاه به زبان انگلیسی است. ساخت مجله مدیون چنیدین نفر از دوستان می باشد: آرش زینی و پیوند فیروزه (کامبریج) پارسا دانشمند (آکسفورد) و دوستان دیگر می باشد(more)

09/15/14 - Publication of Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh's recent article.

“Reflections of the Cold War in Modern Persian Literature, 1945-1979,” in Global Cold War Literature: Western, Eastern and Postcolonial Perspectives, ed. Andrew Hammond, New York: Routledge, 2012, 87-99.  (more)

09/15/14 - Publication of Dr. Mazyar Lotfalian’s recent article.

“Aestheticized Politics, Visual Culture, and Emergent Forms of Digital Practice,” in International Journal of Communication 7 (2013), 1371–1390.  (more)

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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.