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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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04/30/15 - Global Art Scenes: Beijing to Tehran | Summer Session I Course, Art History 140B

Instructor: Deanna Kashani
Summer Session I, June 22-July 29
MWF 11am-12:50PM

The most innovative art of today is no longer centered on one city like New York; It is emerging in places like Beijing, Chicago, Dubai, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Tehran. We will examine contemporary art exhibition practices in comparative global contexts,  (more)

04/23/15 - Samira Sheikh's visit to the Center

Samira Sheikh, Department of History, Vanderbilt University, gave a talk on"Drawing Gujarat in the Eighteenth Century: Views from Land and Sea". Graduate students were invited to a special dialogue workshop after the talk, where they discussed Sheikh's recent article,  "A Gujarati Map and Pilot Book of the Indian Ocean"and the introduction  (more)

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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.