SOAS University of London

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

Ms Narguess Farzad

BA (London)
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Narguess Farzad
Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies (Education)

Centre for Iranian Studies

Centre Chair

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Ms Narguess Farzad
Email address:
+44(0)20 7898 4346
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Academic Support Hours:
Thursday 1-2pm, Friday 1-2pm


Teaching Persian as a foreign language, translation studies, poetry of the Persian-speaking world, Persian poetry of Sacred Defence


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught


Modern and classical Persian poetry; grammar of Modern Persian language; poetry translation


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Available for
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  • Short Term Consultancy
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Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise


Authored Books

Farzad, Narguess (2010) Complete Persian (Modern Persian/Farsi): Teach Yourself, Level 4. London, UK: Teach Yourself, Hodder Education.

Farzad, Narguess and Shapcott, Jo (2009) Poems: Farzaneh Khojandi = Farzona Khūjandi Ash'or. London, UK: Enitharmon Press.


Farzad, Narguess (2008) 'Qeysar Aminpur and the Persian Poetry of Sacred Defence'. British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, (34) 3, pp 351-374.

Book Chapters

Farzad, Narguess (2021) 'Foreword to Rumi's Book of Wisdom'. In: Mafi, Maryam, (ed.), Rumi's Book of Wisdom. Charlottesville, VA, 22906, USA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, pp vii-xvii.

Farzad, Narguess (2019) '‘A Cup, Nectar Brimmed: The Enduring Appeal of Persian Poetry’'. In: Ardalan, Ziba and Wire, Helen, (eds.), The Spark Is You. London, UK: Parasol Unit- Foundation for Contemporary Art, pp 22-30.

Farzad, Narguess (2019) 'Hafiz and the Challenges of Translating Persian Poetry into English'. In: Schwepcke, Barbara and Swainson, Bill, (eds.), A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue between East & West. London: Gingko, pp 132-140.

Mafi, Maryam and Farzad, Narguess (2018) 'Foreword to The Rumi Book of 105 Stories and Fables that Illumine, Delight and Inform'. The Rumi Book of 105 Stories and Fables that Illumine, Delight and Inform. Charlottesville, VA, 22906, USA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, pp xiii-xxii.

Farzad, Narguess (2017) 'Foreword : A Little Book of Mystical Secrets: Rumi, Shams of Tabriz, and the Path of Ecstasy'. In: Mafi, Maryam, (ed.), A Little Book of Mystical Secrets: Rumi, Shams of Tabriz, and the Path of Ecstasy. Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA: Hampton Roads Publishing, pp 8-14?.

Farzad, Narguess (2013) 'Introduction : Rumi’s Little Book of Life: The Garden of the Soul, the Heart and the Spirit'. In: Mafi, Maryam, (ed.), Rumi's Little Book of Life The Garden of the Soul, the Heart, and the Spirit. Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA: Red Wheel / Weiser.


Farzad, Narguess (2019) 'The Decade that Invented the Future: The 1970s "The impact of the 1979 revolution in Iran"'.

Farzad, Narguess (2014) 'Islamic Golden Age: Mowlana Jalal ad-Din Balkhi, Rumi : BBC Radio 3, The Essay'.

Farzad, Narguess (2012) 'Shakespeare Around the Globe, Episode 2/5: Narguess Farzad, explores the continuing hold Shakespeare has in Iran and the Persian speaking world.'.

Farzad, Narguess (2010) 'The Great Palace of Verse'.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Farzad, Narguess (2013) The Islamic Golden Age: Essays On Rabia Balkhi and Mahsati Gandjavi.


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