Naieen, Iran, Photo: Emdadi/Flickr

Painting on a roof - Narenjestan Qavam, Shiraz, Iran, Photo: Pedram Veisi

Qajar Home, Shiraz, Iran

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Iranian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara is an umbrella organization devoted to the study of Iran, Persian Culture, and the Iranian Plateau. The Iranaian Studies Initiative (ISI) was established in 2010 with support form the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Endowment in Global Religion and Modernity in collaboration with the Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Middle East Studies. The Iranian Studies organizes annual lectures, symposia, film presentations and occasional conferences. In collaboration with the Middle East Ensemble in the Department of Music at UC Santa Barbara.

The Iranian Studies initiative  is a resource center devoted to the research, teaching, and dissemination of Iranian history and culture. It is not an academic department and does not offer academic degrees. Academic courses in Iranian Studies are offered in the following departments:

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