Rumi and Ghazal

This article proposes a typology of the ghazals of Rumi in which there are various speaking personae and addressees.  Understanding the different types of address, and the sometimes sudden shift in the voices of the poems helps us better understand their structure and message.

برنده مسابقه برترین پایان نامۀ دکترای ایرانشناسی سال 2015 اعلام شد


The Foundation for Iranian Studies invites applications for its annual award of $1000 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in a field of Iranian Studies. Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 are eligible to apply for the 2016 award.


Dissertations must be nominated by the author's advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee's letter of acceptance. Both documents may be emailed provided they contain appropriate official insignias and signatures.


Applicants for the 2016 award should submit a digital copy of the dissertation, either mailed on disc to

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Deadline for Submissions is August 15, 2016.


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بررسی و نقد کتاب

 Azar Nafisi
Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories

New York, Random House, 2008
368 p

  کتاب آذر نفیسی را با کنجکاوی، بدون هرنوعی پیش‌داوری، با کیفِ خواندن اثری ادبی، تمام می‌کنم. اماّ شخصیت های کتاب، همراه با جنگ و جدال‌ها، عشق های ناکام، و خواب و خیال‌های واهی خود، به دنبالم می‌آیند. پرسش‌ها در ذهنم شکل می‌گیرند. درپشت این زندگینامه‌ی شخصی، حکایتی بزرگتر خوابیده است و ماجراهای فردی یادآور دردها و آرزوهای برباد رفته‌ی انسانی‌اند ـ آرزوهای ما، من و شما.

The Changing Concept of the “intellectual” in Iran

Iranian intellectuals entered the modern era in an odd and paradoxical way. For more than four generations they had shared an epistemological confidence in Western rationality coupled with a general political mistrust toward Western societies. As such, the very unity of the West was not considered as a given.. For over 100 years they embraced and appropriated Western political and cultural values while at the same time keeping a critical distance from it.