“The Guard of the Tulip”: Reading Afghanistan Reading Rahnavard-e Zaryab

Friday June 24, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Online Event

The Persian Language and Iranian Studies Initiative at UBC, the UBC Persian Literature Reading Club, and the UBC Persian Club are hosting a series of events analyzing the literature of migration and exile in Modern Persian Literature in Summer 2022. The first session of the Summer 2022 series features guest speaker Dr. Nasir Arian from the Penn State University. This panel, moderated by Dr. Hessam Dehghani (UBC Department of Asian Studies), will discuss the legacy and the work of the renowned Afghan writer, journalist and activist Rahnavard Zaryab who passed away in 2020 due to Covid-19.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies.

Date & Time:
Friday, June 24, 2022
6:30pm (PDT) / 6:00am (Tehran Time)
Location: online via Zoom
Presented in Persian
Free & open to the public. Registration is required via the form below (or click here).

Register for "“The Guard of the Tulip”: Reading Afghanistan Reading Rahnavard-e Zaryab"


Dr. Hessam Dehghani earned his first PhD in Linguistics from Allameh Tabātabāi University working on the “Structural analysis and Phenomenological study of Persian Literature” in 2012. He then earned another PhD in Philosophy from Boston College in 2019. Since then, he has been a post-doctoral researcher and associate researcher at Harvard Divinity School and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies where he has researched about the formation of the Persianate identity in Persian Mystic Literature. He has published a number of essays in Persian including “Phenomenology of Poetry: Re-reading Ahmad Shamlou’s poem “the walls”. He has also presented on different aspects of Persian mystic literature regularly at Harvard and Boston College.

Besides his research interest, he has been teaching English as a foreign language in Iran, and Persian and Arabic in North America for the past twenty years. Since 2012, he has taught Persian and Arabic and directed Persian program single-handedly at Boston College for which he received both teaching and leadership award from that institution. He has recently started his tenure as an assistant professor of teaching Persian language and Culture at UBC. In pedagogy, his interests lie in material development and assessment for which he has passed multiple ACFTL workshops and received several certifications from 2013 up to present. He is passionate about implementing technology in classroom and developing a course book for Persian Students of 21st century.


Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hessam Dehghani at hessam.dehghani@ubc.ca.