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Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian & Persian Gulf Studies

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Farzaneh Family Center
for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies

The mission of the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies is to coordinate a variety of teaching, research, and outreach activities at the University of Oklahoma that explore the history, culture, society, and politics of Iran, the Persian Gulf, and those regions historically shaped by the Persian language. These activities include publications, lectures, conferences, workshops, film screenings and art exhibits.

The Farzaneh Family Center is a part of vibrant and growing resources in Middle East and North Africa studies at the University of Oklahoma. Visit our MENA at OU page for more information.

Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies

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News & Announcements

Andrew Wall was awarded the 2022 Iranian Studies Best Undergraduate Paper Award for his paper, "Feminine Beauty in Iranian Cinema: How Filmmakers in a Censored Industry Represent the Problems Women Face in Iran through Art"

Learn more about the Iranian Studies Best Undergraduate Paper Award

Manata Hashemi
Faculty News

May 26, 2022

IAS Associate Professor Manata Hashemi publishes journal article, "Sacrificial Heroes: Masculinity, Class, and Wastepicking in Iran"

Joshua Landis
Faculty News

May 17, 2022

Professor Joshua Landis interviewed for an episode of the Cato Institute's Power Problems podcast, "The Dangerous Contradictions in U.S.-Syria Policy"

Afshin Marashi
Faculty News

May 11, 2022

IAS Professor Afshin Marashi publishes journal article, “Rich Fields in Persia”: Parsi Capital and the Origins of Economic Development in Pahlavi Iran, 1925–1941"

About Us

Omar Khayyám

A marble statue of Omar Khayyam, the 11th century Persian polymath, stands outside the David L. Boren College of International Studies at Farzaneh Hall. The statue was carved by the famed sculptor Hossein Fakhimi.

The Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies serves as the hub for Iranian Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Established in 2010 as an academic program within the OU David L. Boren College of International Studies, the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies expanded into a center in 2016 through a generous donation by the Farzaneh Family. An institutional member of the American Institute for Iranian Studies and the Association for Iranian Studies, the Center draws from the multidisciplinary strength and research breadth of its faculty to offer one of the premier curriculum and programming initiatives in Iranian Studies today.

Students are able to select from a growing list of course offerings in Iranian Studies at the University of Oklahoma, including language instruction in Persian at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. The Center currently offers an undergraduate minor in Iranian Studies, and is working towards establishing an undergraduate major. In the coming years, the Center will also establish a graduate program in Iranian Studies.

In addition to its academic emphasis, the Center organizes an active “Iranian Studies Lecture Series” that brings scholars from the field of Iranian Studies to the University of Oklahoma campus. These lectures cover all aspects of Iranian history, culture, society, and politics. The “Iranian Studies Lecture Series” is open to the public and has been generously supported by the Farzaneh Family, the Parsa Community Foundation, and the Iran Heritage Foundation.

We invite you to explore our additional initiatives on this webpage.

The Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies
is located on the third floor of Farzaneh Hall at 729 Elm Ave, Norman, OK 73019.

Joshua Landis, Director
Email: landis@ou.edu
Phone: (405) 325-3330

Marjan Seirafi-Pour, Farzaneh Family Instructor of Persian and Director of Outreach Programs
Email: marjan@ou.edu
Phone: (405) 325-5164