Program in Iranian Studies

The Program in Iranian Studies at the MacMillan Center promotes study of Iran, Afghanistan and the Persianate cultural sphere, with emphasis on regional and international affairs, domestic political developments as well as society, history, religion, art, art history, culture, law, medicine and public health, economy, and environment. The Program in Iranian Studies strives to reflect diverse views on foreign policy as well as nongovernmental voices and views of deprived groups such as women, intellectual descanters, religious and ethnic minorities, and nonconformists. It also encourages study of Iran and Afghanistan within the broader context of the Middle East, and especially in relation to neighboring Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Persian Gulf, as well as Pakistan, India, China, and Central Asia.

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A masterfully researched and compelling history of Iran from 1501 to 2009
This history of modern Iran is not a survey in the conventional sense but an ambitious exploration of the story of a nation. It offers a revealing look at how events, people, and institutions are shaped by currents that sometimes reach back hundreds of years. The book covers the complex history of...
Ehsan Yarshater in 2011. “He was generally referred to during his own lifetime as the doyen of Iranian studies,” a fellow scholar said.Marcus Yam for The New York Times
Professor Ehsan Yarshater, who founded the Encyclopaedia Iranica and was instrumental to the establishment of the field of Iranian Studies in the United States, passed away earlier this month. Among his many contributions to the field, he endowed a postdoctoral position in Iranian Studies at Yale’...
How might art stir up communal consciousness about the adverse effects of pollution? Earlier this month, on September 7th, the Iranian Studies Program was pleased to host artist and independent curator from Tehran, Negar Farajiani, who addressed this topic along with her broader artistic goals....
“That they may learn.” تا که عبرت بگیرند -A common proclamation of warning from 19th-century Isfahan law-enforcing bodies and chroniclers. On Friday Sept 21st afternoon, Yale’s Iran Colloquium hosted Dr. Farzin Vejdani, Assistant Professor of History at Ryerson University, for a very insightful...
The political and sociological study of music in contemporary Iran is a growing field, and this conference is the first of its kind to bring together researchers and academics working on the topic. During a two-day symposium, researchers from the North America region will present on topics that are...