Program in Persian and Iranian Studies
Welcome to the web page for the program in Persian and Iranian studies in the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies (MENAS) at the University of Arizona. In a study cited by the Chronicle of Higher Education, our department was rated as one of the two top productive programs in the nation. Middle Eastern & North African Studies offers Bachelors' Masters' and Doctoral degrees in Persian and Iranian studies. At the BA level, students earn a BA in Middle Eastern & North African Studies with a focus in Persian language and culture. See the MENAS BA page for more information. Master's students earn the MA in Middle Eastern & North African Studies focusing on Persian with concentrations such as 1) language and literature; 2) history, culture & politics, and 3) linguistics. Ph.D. students can choose tracks such as 1) critical studies in modern Middle Eastern culture and society; 2) linguistics of Persian language; and 3) literatures among others. For full details and descriptions of the concentrations and tracks, visit the MENAS web with full program descriptions for the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Middle Eastern & North African Studies.
- Roshan Graduate Fellowship for Persian and Iranian Studies
- Taleghani Graduate Fellowship in Iranian Studies (external link)
Kamran Talattof Lecture Series in Persian Studies
In an effort to stimulate lecture and colloquia with topics focused on Persian Studies, Professor Kamran Talattof recently provided seed money for a new lecture series in his name. The money will be used for travel expenses, lodging and honoraria to bring outstanding scholars to the University to speak on various aspects of Persian studies. Lecture Series information will be posted on this page, as well as the MENAS Events Calendar when scheduled. Contributions to the series are gladly accepted.
The Roshan Institute Graduate Fellowship for Persian and Iranian Studies was first endowed in 2003. See information page.
Please follow the link below for Persian poetry by Nezami Ganjavi:
Below is more information specific to the program in Persian and Iranian studies as well as the names of faculty who can help you design your course work.
Faculty and Graduate Teaching Associates teaching courses on the Persian language and Iran:
- Kamran Talattof (Language, literature, and cultural studies; Director)
- Ann Betteridge (Culture, anthropology of religion, Shiites shrines)
- Richard Eaton (History)
- Simin Karimi (Linguistics)
- Farzin Vejdani (History)
- Ludwig Adamec (Professor Emeritus, Afghanistan)
- Parvaneh Hosseini (Graduate Teaching Associate)
- Farrah Jafari (Graduate Teaching Associate)
- Mehrak Kamali (Graduate Teaching Associate)