The Persian heartland has long been the centre of one of the world’s oldest continuous major civilizations, exuding regional power and cultural production, with historical and urban settlements dating to 4000 BC.

Today, much of the public image of Iran is defined by its status as an Islamic Republic, but Iranian culture runs much deeper and is much more multifarious than its political title implies. Therefore, in order to fully understand the role Iran plays in current world events it is necessary to revisit its roots: its culture, art, language and history.

Held over four evening classes, this short course did not require any knowledge of Persian language or history.

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