Centre for Iranian Studies


The Centre for Iranian Studies was established in 2010 under the umbrella of the SOAS Middle East Institute (previously known as the London Middle East Institute - LMEI).

The Centre for Iranian Studies draws on the range of academic research and teaching across the disciplines of SOAS, including Languages and Literature, the Study of Religions, History, Economics, Politics, International Relations, Music, Art and Media and Film Studies. 

The Centre organises lectures, seminars and conferences, holds regular film screenings and other events. The Centre is dedicated to promoting high quality research on Iran, including in collaboration with other such centres in the UK, in Iran and internationally. It aims to build cordial relations with the various diasporic communities in London and to showcase and foster the best of contemporary Iranian talent in the arts, music, digital culture and film.

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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan, Iran

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MA in Iranian Studies at SOAS

SOAS hosts the biggest concentration of research and teaching staff working on Iranian history, politics, economics, religions, art and archeology, linguistics, Persian language and literature, media, film, anthropology and music. The MA in Iranian Studies at SOAS enables students to critically assess the historical development of Iranian society, economics and culture within the context of the wider west Asian area and to appreciate the complexity of the history and cultural make up of Iran.

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Centre for Iranian Studies,
SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies)
London WC1H 0XG,
United Kingdom

Email: smei@soas.ac.uk

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