The Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series

The Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series are delivered by an outstanding scholar whose work has distinctively impacted the study of the Iranian Civilization. Each biennial lecture series consists of four to five lectures on a single theme that is subsequently elaborated and amplified into a monograph. The lectures represent original research and synthesis in all aspects of Iranian Studies, including archaeology and art history, as well as history, literature, the study of religions, and philosophy.

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    Sasanian Law in its Social Context
    Maria Macuch (Freie Universität Berlin). November 9-18, 2015.

    Legal texts are among the more important sources for the reconstruction of the political and economic institutions, and cultural practices, of late antique Iran, as they considerably further our understanding of past social complexities that are decisively different than our own.

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    The Phoenix Rising: Whither Iran
    Farhad Kazemi (NYU). May 5, 2010.
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    Persian Historiography
    Julie S. Meisami. May 9, 2007.
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    The Orality of the Iranian Literary Traditions
    Prods Oktor Skjærvø. May 11, 2005.
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    Persian Literature of Exile
    Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak. November 13, 2002.
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    Panthea’s Children: Hellenistic Novels & Medieval Persian Romances
    Richard Davis. November 8, 2000.
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    The Poetry of Sanā’ī
    J. T. P. De Bruijn. November 11, 1998.
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    Zoroaster in History
    Gherardo Gnoli. November 13, 1996.
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    The Many Faces of Mithra
    A. D. H. Bivar. November 16, 1994.