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Center for Iranian Studies


This academic research center focuses on Iran's history and culture and features an extensive library as well as an active publication program.

Founded in 1968 by Professor Ehsan Yarshater, the Center sponsors or arranges art exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, and occasional lectures for students, staff and the community, but the main focus of its activities is an extensive program of scholarly publications and several related projects.

The Center’s extensive and up-to-date library is a non-lending research library benefiting both the staff and researchers.

The Center for Iranian Studies major project is the Encyclopædia Iranica, a multi-disciplinary reference work and research tool concerned with Iranian history and civilization and its contacts with other cultures and peoples. 


  • Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies, Director, Center for Iranian Studies