SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Persian and other Iranian languages at SOAS

SOAS offers an undergraduate degree programmes in Persian studies:

  • BA Persian and another subject

Other Iranian languages are sometimes available for study, including Avestan and Middle Persian. These can be taken as part of the Persian syllabus or during study of Zoroastrianism as a specialism in the School's programmes in the Study of Religions.

In addition the department teaches a series of two less intensive courses in Persian language, Elementary written Persian and Elementary Persian texts. These form a suitable introduction to reading Persian for students enrolled on other degrees, who may take them as "open options", and for non-degree ("associate") students. The same two courses can also be taken as part of the three-year BA Middle Eastern Studies (single honours), where there are also optional courses in other Iranian languages, and BA Middle Eastern Studies and another subject (combined honours).

The department also runs a four-unit introductory programme leading to the Certificate in Persian.

Persian language and literature are taught in the NME department by Ms Narguess Farzad, Dr Nima Mina and

runs the Manichaean dictionary project and other projects on Middle Iranian philology.