Iran

Richard Nelson Frye

In Memory of Richard N. Frye

April 14, 2014

CMES is saddened to report that Richard Nelson Frye, Aga Khan Professor of Iranian Emeritus, passed away on March 27, 2014 at the age of ninety-four. After receiving his PhD from Harvard in 1949, Professor Frye helped to found the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in 1954, and served as its first associate director until 1957, when he became Aga Khan Professor of Iranian. Upon his retirement in 1990 he remained an honorary associate of Kirkland House and an active participant in the life of the Center.

Dubbed “Irandust,” meaning “Friend of Iran,” by the scholar and linguist Ali-...

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2014 Mar 24

Nowruz Celebration

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Lee Gathering Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

Please join us for Harvard’s eighth annual Nowruz Celebration to mark the Persian New Year and the beginning of Spring, featuring traditional food, drink, and cultural program!... Read more about Nowruz Celebration

2014 Feb 20

Book Launch & Author Talk: Afsaneh Najmabadi, "Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran"

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102, Cambridge, MA 02138

Afsaneh NajmabadiThe Center for Middle Eastern Studies Outreach Program is pleased to present an author talk by

Afsaneh Najmabadi
Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University.... Read more about Book Launch & Author Talk: Afsaneh Najmabadi, "Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran"

Farrin Abbas Zadeh in the Harvard Gazette

December 5, 2013

Work by Farrin Abbas Zadeh, a fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC), is on display through December 18, 2013 in the CGIS Knafel Concourse Gallery in an exhibit co-sponsored by NELC and CMES. The Harvard Gazette interviewed Abbas Zadeh about her work:

An adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Abbas Zadeh credits nature as her primary artistic inspiration. “I grew up on a farm, so nature is in my blood,” she said. [...]

Her artwork echoes traditional Persian design,...

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2012 Sep 20

Middle East Film Series Presents: A Separation (Iran, 2011)

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Weiner Auditorium, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Join a screening of the academy award winning film A Separation (2011), directed by Asghar Farhadi, 123 minutes. 

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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.... Read more about Middle East Film Series Presents: A Separation (Iran, 2011)

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Afsaneh Najmabadi discusses her Qajar Iran digital archive project at the White House

June 1, 2012

On May 30, 2012, Professor Afsaneh Najmabadi gave a presentation on her project Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran at an event at the White House titled “Exploring Communities of Muslim Women Throughout History.” Hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the event showcased NEH-funded scholarship that explores places and moments in time when communities of Muslim women have flourished. Professor Najmabadi was joined by Professor Mounira Charrad of the University of Texas...

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CMES AM student Scott Liddle publishes book review in Middle East Policy

February 8, 2011

CMES Master's student Scott Liddle has published a book review in the Fall 2010 issue of the journal Middle East Policy. His article reviews Guardians of the Revolution: Iran and the World in the Age of the Ayatollahs by Ray Takeyh (Oxford University Press, 2009). Scott is currently in Syria studying Arabic at the Institut francais du proche-orient.

*Updated 3/14/11: Correction to name of institution where Scott is studying.

Qajar

Explore women in the Qajar world with professor Afsaneh Najmabadi

September 28, 2010

 

Afsaneh Najmabadi is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and is a CMES Steering Committee member. Professor Najmabadi and a team of Qajar historians received a NEH grant to develop a comprehensive digital archive and website that will preserve, link, and render accessible primary...

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