Iranian Videos

The Intellectual Heritage of Iranian Jews in Judeo-Persian

Published: May 6, 2022

Judeo-Persian Writings, an original comprehensive collection published in 2021, gives parallel examples in Judeo-Persian and Perso-Arabic script and their translations into English. Most Judeo-Persian documents not only reflect the twenty-seven centuries of Jewish life in Iran, but they are also a testament to their intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions. The significant value of such documents…

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تنش شعر و قدرت در ایران ِ پس از انقلاب / The Tension Between Poetry and Power in Post-Revolutionary Iran

Published: May 1, 2022

شعر و شاعران چه نقشی در پیروزی انقلاب ۵۷ و به مسند نشاندن حاکمان جمهوری اسلامی داشتند؟ چرا حاکمان جمهوری اسلامی به شعر اهمیت می‌دهند؟‌ شاعران حکومتی چه کسانی هستند و چگونه به عرصه شعر بعد از انقلاب وارد شدند؟‌ آنها توسط چه کسانی حمایت می‌شوند و از چه می‌نویسند؟ چه ارتباطی میان شعر، زبان،…

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Avanegar: History of Music Transcription in Iran and Panel Discussion

Published: April 8, 2022

Āvānegār a collaborative documentary narrated by Dr Mohsen Mohammadi (Director of Indo Persian Music at UCLA) explores the history of transcription of Iranian music, based on decades of research in various archives in Iran, Europe, and the United States Rare historical documents and sources are presented in the film, and several historical notations of Iranian…

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Book Talk with Shaul Bakhash: The Fall of Reza Shah

Published: April 4, 2022

When World War II broke out, Reza Shah, hoping to shield his country from the ravages of the war, declared Iran’s neutrality. But in August, 1941, British and Soviet forces invaded Iran, occupied it, and brought an end to Reza Shah’s reign. In discussing the highlight’s of his most recent book, The Fall of Reza…

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A Film Screening and Panel Discussion of Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty

Published: March 13, 2022

Simin Behbahani: Love at Eighty is a retrospective of Simin Behbahani’s life and unique poetry. Largely in her own words, using family and period photos, interviews with noted poets and critics, this portrait traces her poetic development from her family roots, modern poetry movement, and reinventing Ghazal to explore the social, political, cultural, and moral…

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A Talk with the Collective for Black Iranians

Published: February 27, 2022

The Collective was founded out of the necessity to be seen, heard, and understood. Through public education, storytelling, and advocacy, the Collective shares its stories of belonging to the intersections of being Black, Iranian and African/of African descent. Founding members, Alex Eskandarkhah, Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda, Pardis Nkoy, as well as resident historian, Beeta Baghoolizadeh, and other resident artists will be joining the panel for…

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Iranian Cultural Identity and the Politics of Religious Nationalism

Published: February 14, 2022

The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction between Iranian “cultural” and “national” identities and examines how…

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هویت فرهنگی، ملی گرائی، و ناسیونالیسم اسلامی در ایران

Published: February 13, 2022

The lecture begins with an exploration of the various bases for Iranian “cultural identity” (Iraniyat)—including a long pre-Islamic legacy, the Persian language, Shi’ism, and the bonds and affinities among a people who have inhabited roughly the same territory for nearly three millennia. It makes a distinction between Iranian “cultural” and “national” identities and examines how…

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How Has Iranians’ Awareness of the Medes, Achaemenids, and Parthians Been Shaped?

Published: January 9, 2022

 چگونگی آگاهی ایرانیان از سلسله های ماد و هخامنشی Until the threshold of the Constitutional Revolution, Iranian historians were unaware of the Medes, Achaemenids, and even Parthian dynasties. There is, for example, no mention of the Medes, Achaemenids, and Seleucid kings in Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, a book that is often regarded to be the first written traditional…

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