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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.
UCI’s 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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 News and Announcements

02/05/16 - "The Unhidden Sound" Saba Ensemble on Concert in Orange County

The Unhidden Sound
Saba Ensemble on Concert
Orange County

Join us on February 13, 2016 for a night of music by the talented Saba Ensemble.

(The Goddess Temple of Orange County in Irvine)
Doors open at 7:30 pm

Singer : Khosro Ansari
Composer & Tar :  (more)

01/28/16 - “Persepolis and Ancient Iran: my adventures in writing books!” a talk and book Signing by Dr. Ali Mousavi

Please join us on Thursday February 11, 6-8 pm at UC Irvine's Humanities Gateway 1010 for a lecture and book signing by Dr. Ali Mousavi about his new book Ancient Iran from the Air.

This book features many of the more exceptional landscapes and monuments of Iran as seen  (more)

01/25/16 - Tanahang - a Duet of Body & Piano - Art Eve - Film Presentation Performed by Honiball Joseph & Yaser Khaseb

Please join us on Saturday February 6th, 7-9 pm at University Park Community Center in Irvine (1 Beech Tree Ln, Irvine, CA, 92612) for a performance by HONIBALL JOSEPH and YASER KHASEB.

The duet of body and piano, performed as an outdoor Artistic Performance in Tehran, on 26th September  (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.