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Initiative in Persian Language and Iranian Studies

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Persian language has been a medium for literary and scientific contributions to Western, Central and Southern Asia for more than a millennium. With some 62 million speakers, Persian is among the world’s 20 most widely spoken languages.

Building on existing strengths in South Asian Studies at UBC — and recognizing that the geographical proximity of the Persianate world to India has resulted in a rich cultural and literary history — the Department of Asian Studies plans to build a Persian language program that will serve as the anchor for additional growth in teaching and research in Persian and Iranian Studies. With your support, we can create the following:

  • A Persian Language Program that includes courses in Persian culture and Iranian cinema.
  • A Chair in Persian Language and Literary Culture to focus on the historical depth and geographical breadth of the Persianate world .

Join us to explore the rich language, culture, history and civilization of the Persianate world.