Persian Studies

Studying the Persian Studies master’s specialisation at Leiden University is stepping into a distinguished academic tradition in the study of Iranian languages and cultures.

Classical and modern Persian literature have been studied here since the university’s foundation in the sixteenth century, which has led to such masterpieces as Saadi’s Rose Garden being translated in situ.

Within the specialisation you can apply yourself at one of the different topics or regions.In this specialisation you will approach Persian culture explicitly as a supra-national rather than a national phenomenon. In other words, you will study the cultural aspects of Persia not from within the confines of a one state boundary, but covering the many nations in which Persian is the official language. These include not only Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, but a much wider area in which Persian has had a cultural and literary influence—from Mughal India to Central Asia, parts of the Caucasus and the Ottoman Empire.

Although there are a broad range of subject areas on offer, you will concentrate on one main topic area from the following list:

  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • History

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It is also possible to focus on Persian Studies within the two-year Research Master’s programme Middle Eastern Studies.

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Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Middle Eastern Studies
  • Degree Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60842

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