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What would you like to know about Iran? Below are some links that will answer most of your questions.

If you don't find the specific information you want, click on "Reference" to the left, select the appropriate specialized collection from the links provided, and search for Iran. When using the reference sources, note the date of the most recent update. Some information, such as the names of current government officials, may be out of date.

General Background:

  1. Iran Social Science Data Portal
    Mehrzad Boroujerdi Syracuse University A wealth of information in English and Persian about Iran's politics, economics, legal and social systems. Managed by Syracuse University under a grant from the Social Science Research Council.

  2. Abbas and the Revolution
    A website dedicated to the work of Magnum Agency Photographer Abbas. The site is dedicated to Abbas' work in Iran between 1971 and 2005. His photos of the Iranian revolution may be the best and most iconic photos of the Revolution. This website is a project of Journalism is not a Crime, an international campaign to defend the rights of journalists

  3. Majlis Monitor
    A user friendly site that features the Iranian Majlis (Parliament).

  4. Iran Almanac
    A venerable source of information about Iran that been been around -- on and off -- for many years. Now online.

  5. The Ayatollah's Nuclear Gamble
    The human cost of military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.

  6. The Iran Project
    Dedicated to Improving the Relationship Between the U.S. and Iranian Governments.

  7. Women's World in Qajar Iran
    Explore the lives of women during the Qajar era (1796-1925) through a wide array of materials from private family holdings and participating institutions. Bilingual access to thousands of personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, publications, everyday objects, works of art and audio materials. Produced by Harvard University.

  8. Irancarto: Maps and cartographic studies on Iran and the Iranian world
    A vast array of maps dealing with Iran; edited by Bernard Hourcade of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris. Covers population, education, housing, economy, culture, gender, languages, politics, environment, urban studies. Sophisticated three language (French/English/Persian) searches can be conducted by subject, key-word, place name, period, scale, and author.

  9. A "Virtual" US Embassy for Iran -- in the absence of a real embassy
    News, background, speeches, and room for comments

  10. Iran: A Beginner's Guide
    An attractive multi-media primer on Iran, produced by the Council on Foreign Relations.

  11. The Iran Primer
    A compilation of short, informative articles about US-Iran relations from the earliest days, plus blog entries on current events -- an encyclopedia written by more than 50 of the best experts on the subject.

  12. The politics of engagement with Iran
    Hillary and Flynt Leverett, former U.S. National Security Council staffers, provide their commentary on how to deal with Iran.

  13. Reporting and commentary on Iran
    The American Foreign Policy Project -- an independent consortium of specialists -- provides a gateway to materials on Iran, with special emphasis on US-Iran relations.

  14. US-Iran Relations
    A site "dedicated to informing, inspiring, and elevating public discourse of relations between the United States and Iran" by Chris Ferrero of the University of Virgina.

  15. Inside Iran
    A compilation of up-to-date reporting, commentary and documentation about Iran from the Century Foundation.

  16. Iran's Nuclear program
    A broad array of accurate and reliable background information about the Iranian nuclear program.

  17. Security Council Report
    An independent report on all activities at the UN Security Council concerning Iran, with informed background context and live links to relevant UN documentation.

  18. Iran Chamber
    A well-produced site focusing on history and culture of Iran.

  19. Foundation for Iranian Studies
    Scholarly journal and Oral history archives about Iran's society, economy, culture, and politics.

  20. Pars Times
    Collection of websites about Iran and the Middle East.

  21. Iranian Development Gateway Project
    Articles, reference material, links from the Iranian Studies Group at MIT.

  22. US-Iran Relations
    An excellent history and analysis of the tumultuous relationship between Iran and the United States, with special emphasis on terrorism and the "Axis of Evil," compiled by PBS/Frontline.

  23. The 1953 U.S. Countercoup Against Mossadegh
    Previously secret documents from the NYT.

  24. Library of Congress Foreign Area Handbook
    Authoritative discussions of Iran's history, society, culture, economy, security. Also summaries of the historical setting of the Persian Gulf,the role of Islam, Gulf wars, and much more.

  25. Iranian Cultural & Information Center, Stanford U.
    History, culture, geography, literature, conferences.

  26. Declassified documents
    National Security Archives. Previously classified US Government policy documents on Iran.

  27. Iran Tourism
    Descriptions of each province; cuisine; regional tourist agencies and accommodations; visa information; free trade zones; transportation; holidays, trade fairs; and more.

  28. Parthian Empire
    History and geography of this ancient Persian empire that covered all of contemporary Iran and portions of Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  29. Harvard Iran Oral History Project
    Selected transcripts of interviews with key figures in Iran from the 1920s to the 1970s.


  1. Iran's Nuclear Program
    Iran's side of the story in documents and analysis.

  2. Ayatollah Khamenei
    The web site of the Supreme Leader of Iran.

  3. Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Company (HESA)

  4. Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Official statements, organization of the Ministry, visa information.

  5. President Khatami's "Dialogue Among Civilizations"
    International Centre for Dialogue Among Civilizations (ICDAC). Events, publications, links, related projects.

  6. Iranian Interests Section in Washington DC

What's New on the Web:

  1. The Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies
    An Israeli site surveying developments in Iran on a daily basis, with additional information about other Gulf states

  2. Tehran Bureau
    News and commentary about Iran from journalists inside and outside Iran.

  3. Mianeh
    A self-described "independent web-based initiative" operated by the Institute for War & Peace Reporting ( It features articles and links about Iran. Also available in Farsi.

  4. BBC Radio 4 "Uncovering Iran"
    A season of radio broadcasts covering everything from contemporary politics, recent history, and religion to plays, book readings, and food.

  5. Marze Por-Gohar: Glorious Frontiers Party Website
    The website of a nationalist, secular party currently working in exile.

  6. The Iran Project A one-hour documentary in six parts on changes in modern Iran since the revolution; sponsored by the Stanley Foundation, with Walter Cronkite.

  7. Pars Times
    An extensive collection of links compiled by Qumars Hojjaty.

  8. Iran News Watch
    Current news, archives, links, chat.

  9. Neda Network
    News, business, entertainment, E-Zine, Email from a major Iranian internet company.

  10. Web sites relating to Iran, compiled by Yahoo
    Includes access to chat groups, news, and specialized web pages as well as a listing of universities, government organizations, and cultural and social resources.

  11. The Iranian
    Cultural and political magazine and resource for Iranian-American.

  12. Iranian Search engines Ankaboot (Spider)
    A general interest search engine: travel, news, entertainment...

  13. CyberIran
    News, culture, general interest. Oriented toward Iranian-Americans.

  14. Foundation for Iranian Studies
    Research and publications in the field of Iranian studies.

  15. Iran Expert
    News, culture, defense issues, oil & gas, economy.

National Press:

  1. Media Guide
    An annotated guide to the major news and media outlets dealing with Iran, prepared by, itself a major source of information.

  2. The Iranian Web Guide to the Media
    A rich and diverse selection of dailies, weeklies, monthlies, journals, news services in both English and Persian.


Human Rights:

  1. Human Rights Watch
    Click on Iran.

  2. The Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV)
    A non-governmental (NGO), non-profit Organization based in Iran (Tehran), in Special Consultative Status to the ECOSOC, active in the field of human rights and humanitarian activities, with particular regard to victims of violence.

Oil/Energy & Commerce:

  1. Iran Oil and Gas

  2. Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines

  3. US Department of Energy
    Energy profile. Search for Iran.

  4. International Commerce Center of Iran
    Promoting development of commercial relation between Iran and other countries. Information on companies, government, travel, weather, much more.


  1. The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran by Charles Kurzman (Harvard University Press, 2004)

  2. Who Rules Iran? The Structure of Power in the Islamic Republic by Wilfried Buchta

  3. Answering Only to God, by Geneive Abdo & Jonathan Lyons

  4. Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics, edited by Nikki R. Keddie and Rudi Mathee

  5. US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis by David Patrick Houghton, Cambridge Studies in International Relations, 75 (July 2001)

  6. Modernity and the Stateless: The Kurdish Question in Iran by Abbas Vali, (IB Tauris, 2001), 256 pp. 39.50 pounds (hardcover) ISBN 1-86064-050-8.

  7. Human Rights in Iran: The Abuse of Cultural Relativism by Reza Afshari, Univ Penn Press, 2001

  8. Book Information Network of Iran
    Iranian books, news groups.

  9. Religion and Politics in Iran by Nikki R. Keddie (1983)

  10. Revolutionary Iran : Challenge and Response in the Middle East by Rouhollah K. Ramazani (1988)

  11. Daughter of Persia : A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution by Dona Munker, Sattareh Farman Farmaian (1993)

  12. In the Eye of the Storm : Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran (Contemporary Issues in the Middle East) by Mahnaz Afkhami (Editor), Erika Friedl (Editor), Robin Morgon (Designer) (1994)

  13. Iran's Economy Under the Islamic Republic by Jahangir Amuzegar (1997)

  14. The Iran-Contra Scandal : The Declassified History (The National Security Archive Document) by Peter Kornbluh (Editor), Malcolm Byrne (Editor), Theodore Draper (1993)

  15. The Iran-Iraq War : The Politics of Aggression by Farhang Rajaee (Editor), (1993)

  16. The Iranian Mojahedin by Ervand Abrahamian (1992)

  17. The Iranian Revolution : Its Global Impact by John L. Esposito (Editor) (1990)

  18. Comprehensive History of the Jews of Iran : The Outset of the Diaspora by Habib Lavi, Hooshang Ebrami (1999)

  19. Eagle and the Lion : The Tragedy of American Iranian Relations by James A. Bill (1989)

  20. Forever Enemies? : American Policy & the Islamic Republic of Iran by Geoffrey Kemp (1993)

  21. The Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911 : Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, & the Origins of Feminism by Janet Afary (1996)

  22. Iranian Intellectuals and the West : The Tormented Triumph of Nativism by Mehrzad Boroujerdi (1996)

  23. The Iranians : Persia, Islam and the Soul of a Nation by Sandra MacKey (1998)

  24. Islam : The View from the Edge by Richard W. Bulliet (1994)

  25. Khomeinism : Essays on the Islamic Republic by Ervand Abrahamian (1993)

  26. The Making of Iran's Islamic Revolution : From Monarchy to Islamic Republic by Mohsen M. Milani (1994)

  27. The Priest and the King : An Eyewitness Account of the Iranian Revolution by Desmond Harney (1999)

  28. Reconstructed Lives : Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution by Haleh Esfandiari (1997)

  29. The State, Religion, and Ethnic Politics : Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan by Ali Banuazizi (Editor), Myron Weiner (Editor) (1988)

  30. Tortured Confessions : Prisons and Public Recantations in Modern Iran by Ervand Abrahamian (1999)

  31. The Turban for the Crown : The Islamic Revolution in Iran by Said Amir Arjomand (1988)

  32. Blood and Oil : Inside the Shah's Iran by Manucher Farmanfarmaian, Roxane Farmanfarmaian (1999)

  33. Rebels with a Cause: The Failure of the Left in Iran, by Maziar Behrooz, London, I.B.Tauris, 1999. Now also in paperback

  34. The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver 1600-1730, by Rudolph P. Matthee, Cambridge University Press, 1999.

  35. Qajar Iran and the Rise of Reza Khan, 1796-1925, by Nikki R. Keddie, Costa Mesa, Mazda, 1999, paperback, many photos.

  36. Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam. BY ABDOLKARIM SOROUSH, TRANSLATED AND EDITED BY MAHMOUD SADRI AND AHMAD SADRI. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 236 pp.

  37. Takeover in Tehran: The Inside Story of the 1979 U.S. Embassy Capture by Massoumeh Ebtekar as told to Fred A. Reed

  38. Religion and War in Revolutionary Iran by Saskia Gieling (I.B. Tauris, 2000). 39.50 Pounds (hardcover). ISBN 1-86064-407-4.

  39. The Eclipse of the Qajars and the Emergence of the Pahlavis by Homa Katouzian (I.B. Tauris, 2000). 39.50 pounds (hardcover). ISBN 1-86064-359-0.

  40. Neither East Nor West : One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran by Christiane Bird (2001)

  41. Post-Revolutionary Politics in Iran by David Menashri, Frank Cass, 2000.

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