Roshan Undergraduate Persian Studies Journal

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March 18, 2016

Mausoleum of Cyrus

Photo Courtesy of the Freer Sackler Archives


In 530 B.C.E., Cyrus II - responsible for the downfall of the Medes, conqueror of Lydia, and subjugator of the Neo-Babylonian Empire - met an untimely death in a battle Herodotus desc...

January 21, 2016

It is 1870 in Tehran as aromas of tobacco, chai, spices, and naan waft through the air amid the bustle of daily business at the grand bazaar.  Above merchants’ tents run tall wooden poles connected by cables carrying electronic messages from the...

January 17, 2016

A print by Edmund Sullivan from the first edition of FitzGerald’s translation


My vintage book collection began a few years ago when my grandfather gave me a book that had belonged to his mother, an edition of Edward FitzGerald’s The Rubaiyat of O...

December 11, 2015

Matt Hermane, Roxi Eshghipour, and Daniel Durkin reviewing research materials at the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies


Research is not an activity that usually conjures notions of fun and excitement, but three students of Iranian history have...

December 9, 2015



Imagine if you will a scraggly English man dressed in tattered clothes with a patchy beard trying to cross the border from Iran into Afghanistan. This is the exact image that Nicholas Jubber, author of Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard, pa...

December 2, 2015

Negar Abedi and Mohammad Hassan Majooni in The Sky of Snowy Days (2009) staged at the 27th Fadjr Theater Festival, Iran.
Directed by Mohammad Aghebati
Photo by: Mani Lotfizadeh


Last March, the avant-garde theatre artist Mohammad Aghebati visited...


Shahram Karimi is an accomplished Iranian artist and set designer who has worked both inside and outside of Iran for the last few decades. Karimi is known for his collaborations with Iranian film producer Shirin Neshat and his most notable contr...

October 29, 2015

When it comes to judging film, or any art form, what metrics do we use? By what criteria can we say one film was good, or successful, or any other positive adjective, and another film was not? Without delving too deeply into philosophical quandar...

October 23, 2015

Ida Yousofi, Ashley Kiani, Joseph Ritch, and Bahareh Ghonsul outside the Shared Studios portal to Tehran


On the morning of September 9th, senior Joseph Ritch and Bahareh Ghonsul entered this gold painted shipping container and stepped into Iran....

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