International Society for Iranian Studies

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The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), "formerly the Society for Iranian Studies, was founded in 1967 as an academic society to support and promote the field of Iranian Studies at the international level. ISIS, an affiliated member of the international Middle East Studies Association (MESA), is a private, not-for-profit, non-political organization of persons interested in Iranian Studies in the broadest sense. An elected council and an executive council run the affairs of the organization. The objectives of the Society are to promote high standards of scholarship in the field, to encourage the teaching of Iranian Studies at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and to encourage and facilitate scholarly exchange amongst its international membership.

"The International Society for Iranian Studies publishes the Iranian Studies, a journal that continues to serve as the principal journal in the field. Its current editor is Dr. Homa Katouzian (University of Oxford). Iranian Studies is a peer-reviewed journal of history, literature, culture, and society, covering all regions of the globe with a Persian or Iranian legacy, especially Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Caucasus and northern India, as well as diaspora communities of Iranians in Europe and the United States. The organization also publishes a newsletter for the membership: ISIS News.

"As an independent, non-partisan, non-political, multi-disciplinary international community of over 500 scholars, students, academic and non-academic researchers, and aficionados of Iranian studies, ISIS is committed to promoting the free exchange of ideas, freedom of expression in all forms and all media, and unrestricted pursuit of (academic and non-academic) research, instruction, publication, and presentation (in Iran and internationally) without fear of intimidation and persecution. To achieve this goal, in 2005 we organized the Committee for Intellectual and Academic Freedom (ISIS-CAIF), which is currently co-coordinated by Dr. Mansour Bonakdarian (University of Toronto at Mississauga) and Danny Postel (openDemocracy)." [1]

Their journal is Iranian Studies.

2008-2010 Executive Committee

Accessed March 2009: [2]

"Furthermore, it is my pleasure to announce the ISIS 2008 election results. Dr. Houchang Chehabi (Boston University) has been elected as the new ISIS President-Elect."

2006-2008 Executive Committee of ISIS: Dr. Nasrin Rahimieh, Dr. Janet Afary, Dr. Homa Katouzian, Dr. Mansour Bonakdarian, and Dr. Touraj Daryaee.


Accessed March 2009: [3]

"The new elected ISIS council members are Dr. Negin Nabavi (Montclair State University), Dr. Firoozeh Papan-Matin (University of Washington), and Dr. Ali Asghar Seyed-Ghorab (Leiden University). They will serve on the council until November 2010.

"In addition to these newly-elected colleagues, the current members of ISIS Council are:



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  1. About, International Society for Iranian Studies, accessed March 17, 2009.
  2. Home, International Society for Iranian Studies, accessed March 17, 2009.
  3. Home, International Society for Iranian Studies, accessed March 17, 2009.