Iraj Anvar is an Iranian scholar of Persian language studies.
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Biography[edit | edit source]
Iraj Anvar was born in Tehran, Iran. As a teen he moved to Italy with his family where later on he studied theater with Alessandro Fersen in Rome. In the mid 60's he went back to Iran and while pursuing a career in the theater he followed also his interest in Persian Literature and translation. After a very good career at Tehran Theatre Workshop, which he co-founded, he was offered a scholarship by the Iranian government and went to New York University(NYU) in 1978 to continue his theatrical research. With the advent of the Iranian Revolution he transferred to the Department of the Near Eastern Studies as a TA and pursued a PhD, which he obtained in 1991. The title of his PhD thesis was “A Study of Peripheral Ta'ziyeh in Iran”
He has been teaching Persian Language and Culture at NYU, Harvard, Columbia and University of Wisconsin. He joined Brown in the fall of 2008 and have been teaching Persian Language and Culture.
Education[edit | edit source]
- Acting and directing, "Studio di Arti Sceniche", Alessandro Fersen, Director (Rome, Italy) In 1964
- Graduate studies at the Performing Arts Department, NYU In 1980
- M.A., in Near Eastern studies, NYU. 1977 B.A. in translation, at the College of Translation (Tehran, Iran) in 1984
- Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies, GSAS-NELL, NYU. In 1991
Journal Articles[edit | edit source]
- “Peripheral Ta'ziyeh: The Transformation of Ta'ziyeh from Muharram Mourning Ritual to Secular and Comical Theater”, article in The Drama Review (TDR). Winter 2005. p. 7.
- “A View from the Inside, The anatomy of the Persian ta’ziyeh plays”, translation of article by Sadegh Homayouni in The Drama Review (TDR). Winter 2005. p. 5.