State Universities Lead Expansion of Persian Studies in U.S.
Sunday, August 02, 2009
The growth of Persian and Iranian studies in the United States can be viewed in several ways. One is through its evolution from the study of a predominantly ancient or classical civilization to a modern and international academic field. Another is through its pattern of growth at different institutions of higher learning, and a third is through the expansion of Persian language training.
Persian Studies in United States Reflects Dynamism & Growth
Saturday, August 01, 2009
When President Obama sent Nowruz greetings to Persian-speaking peoples around the world, he quoted a familiar line of the great Persian poet Saadi. Remarkably, the English translation that he used ("The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence") is more than 150 years old, by the 19th-century American philosopher and writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The Sassanian Dynasty or Sassanid Empire is the name of the last pre-Islamic Iranian empire. It was one of the two main powers in Western Asia for a period of more than 400 years. Sassanians, who inherited the economic conditions left behind by Parthians, were quick to forge an economic state so powerful and distinctive that its fame spread well beyond their political frontiers and their period.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Tabriz is known more for its carpets, pottery, jewels and precious stones than silverwork.
Ali Sadr, The Most Marvelous Cave
Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Ali Sadr Cave originally called Ali Saad (meaning dam) or Ali Saard (meaning cold) is a cave located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan, western Iran (more accurately at 48°18'E 35°18'N). The cave walls can extend up to 40 meters high, and it contains several large, deep lakes. The cave has a river flowing through it and most travel through the cave system is done with a boat. Ali Sadr cave is situated between the large cities Hamadan, Tehran, and Qom making it a popular destination for Iranians.
Isfahan Half of the World
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Isfahan flourished under the Safavid Dynasty and is renowned for its outstanding Islamic and Iranian architecture. In those times, it had a population of one million and boasted of many parks, libraries, public baths, shops and mosques that amazed domestic and foreign visitors alike.
Khatamkari: Artistic Heritage
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Khatamkari is one of the Persian arts of marquetry wherein the surface of wooden or metallic articles is decorated with pieces of wood, bone and metal cut in a variety of shapes and designs.