Language Family: Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European
Location: Iran (official language), Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,Turkmenistan
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Farsi Language Fonts

Supplemental Keyboards from Joint Language University

Best source for phonetic Farsi keyboard downloads. Requires JLU account.

Yahoo! Search - Free Language Sites

Because font sites come and go on the Internet, the best service is this Yahoo! Search "find it yourself" link.

Virtual Persian Keyboard

Use your mouse to type on this virtual keyboard, then copy and paste to search on Internet.

Free Seraika Font Download




Search Engine Colossus - Iran

Links to primary Persian language search engines and gateways.

Google.com Search - Preset for Persian

The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Persian language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Persian fonts.

Middle East Network Information Center - Iran

MENIC, at the University of Texas at Austin, provides numerous links to Arts and Humanities, Education, Government, News and Media, etc.


BUBL LINK Catalogue is largest Internet portal in U.K.: Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas.

Iran Virtual Library

A part of the WWW Virtual Library system, this website provides numerous links to language and country related sites.


Very extensive resource portal covering many facets of Iran - news, business, literature, language, culture, etc. Updated quarterly.

Library of Congress Portals to the World - Iran

Created and maintained by the LoC Area Studies Directorate.

FarsiNet -- in English ; FarsiNet -- in Persian

A Persian Iranian Farsi Speaking People Global eCommunity.


Persian/Iranian World Wide Web and Internet Resources, Services and Products, Academic Events, Art & Entertainment, Chat & Chat Rooms, Culture, Education, Farsi, Falsafeh - Philosophy, History, Jokes & Humor, Persian Names.


Iranian News, Directory and Bazaar (in English)

DMOZ Open Directory - Iran

Extensive resources page, includes links to Interactive Portals, Music and Art, Country/Regions, etc.

Google Directory - Iran

Google Regional Directory preset for Iran.

Middle East& Jewish Studies - Iran

Resource portal from Columbia University.

Yahoo - Regional, Countries Links - Iran

Excellent Yahoo search engine links for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.


Professional Organizations, Online Journals and Library Consortia

Middle East Network Information Center

Extensive U.S. and international link-list of academic associations, research centers, and departments of study that focus on Middle East and Near East Studies.

The Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland

Established in 2004 as the first full-fledged academic center focused on the Persian-speaking cultures in Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (as well as the Persian-speaking diaspora communities around the globe). Home to National Persian Flagship Program at UMd.

Middle East Studies Association

"MESA is a private nonprofit, nonpolitical organization of scholars and other persons interested in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world. MESA is dedicated to promoting high standards of scholarship and instruction, to facilitating communication among scholars through annual meetings and publications, and to promoting cooperation among those who study the Middle East."

Idealist.org - Iran

"Action without borders" offers list of national non-profit professional and social organizations.

Caspian Studies Program - Belfer Center Harvard University

" The Caspian Studies Project (CSP) seeks to locate the Caspian region on the maps of the U.S. policymaking community as an area in which the United States has important national interests and where U.S. policy can make major differences. "

American Institute for Iranian Studies

"The American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS) is a non-profit, non-governmental overseas research organization. It is an academic consortium, of which the members are universities and museums in North America with interests in the study of Iranian culture and civilization."

Association for Persian Language, Linguistics and Computing

Administrated from the Centre for Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh. This website has many useful links to everything from culture to business. Worth exploring.


Universities, Programs and Centers of Study

National Persian Flagship Program, Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland

"A part of the National Flagship Language Initiative, this federally funded, full-time program offers students who already possess basic functional ability in Persian (roughly ILR 1+ or better, ACTFL Advanced or better, or 3-4 semesters of Persian) an unprecedented opportunity to develop professional proficiency in Persian, sufficient to study through, or work in, the language."

U.S. Institutions Teaching Persian

From Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) at the University of Minnesota. Search LCTL list of primary US universities offering instruction in the Persian language.

Iranian Colleges and Universities

Links to major institutions of higher learning.

Colleges and Universities - Iran

Another link site to institutions of higher learning.



Language Materials

Persian-Farsi Language- Wikipedia

General article with examples and external links.

UCLA Language Materials Project: Teaching Materials for Less Commonly Taught Languages

Outstanding site for both online and published resources - not just for teachers. Select "Persian," "All Materials," and "All Levels" for full display.

Persian Writing System

Basic introduction to Persian alphabet with collections of links to audio files and language related websites.

Easy Persian

An introductory course to Persian with extensive content.

DLIFLC - GLOSS/LingNet - Persian

Product of Defense Language Institute: "All of the GLOSS lessons are categorized into one of three primary competencies: lexical (vocabulary), structure (grammar), and discourse (devices that bind texts, conversations, etc.). Additionally, all lessons address the socio-cultural competence through teacher notes and the like."

Includes: Cultural Orientation, 15 common phrases, basic language guide and more.

LangNet - on Joint Language University

"LangNet is a language learning support system with interactive materials designed for those who want to practice and maintain their target language reading and listening skills." Currently, only available to military, government agencies and select academic institutions. Best accessed through Joint Language University portal (above).

Joint Language University - Persian Farsi Resources

In addition to LangNet (above), JLU also provides one login/password access to Transparent Language materials like Persian Farsi Language Virtual Flash Cards; WordChamp online language lessons; and SCOLA television broadcasts.

Descriptive Grammar of New Persian

" The present work is an academic grammar. It can be considered as a reference book requiring basic knowledge of New Persian.."

Persian in Texas

"This page contains archived class pages for past courses in the Persian Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. "

LanguagesOnTheWeb.com - Persian

Large list of links to Persian language and country/culture sites. Not all functional and not all freeshare.

I Love Languages.com - Persian

A few links to language and cultural websites.

Google.com Search - Pre-set for Persian

The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Persian language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Persian fonts.



Online Dictionaries

YourDictionary.com - Farsi/Persian

Large dictionary portal offers general and specialized online dictionaries

Persian-English-Persian Online Dictionary

Has both translations and audio recordings. Slow but passed a random 10 word test that included "rake" - gave both noun and verb, "jaded," "utter," and "condescend."


Online Media and News

Kidon Media-Link: Iran

Links to online newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations from this giant news portal.

OnlineNewspapers.com - Iran

Good selection of national newspapers - with some regional.

Voice of America - Persian

Voice of America news broadcasting in target language.

BBC - Persian.com

BBC news broadcasts in Persian.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - Persian News Service

Latest news reports in English and Persian.

TvRadioWorld - Iran

About: "TvRadioWorld is an informational directory dealing with radio and television broadcasters worldwide." Site allows you to bookmark favorite radio stations for listening.

Yahoo! News - Iran

Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA - Global Foreign Language Portal

SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.


WWW Virtual Library - History Index: Iran

Large index to sites related to Iran and Iranian history.

Timeline of Iranian History

Detailed timeline with numerous hyperlinks to important events, personalities and places.

Wikipedia - History of Iran

Excellent encyclopedia article with addition links to important periods and personalities.

Wikipedia - Culture of Iran

Everything from Art and Architecture to Rugs and Sports. Lots of external links.

Persian Art through the Centuries

Very rich and deep website with good illustrations.


Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - Iran

Includes links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - Iran

Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Foreign and International Law - Iran

From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.

GlobalSecuity.org - Iran

Search for "Iran" for news on topics like Hostilities, Security, Weapons, People, Countries, Organizations, Money.

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

The Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law was established in 1990 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, in recognition of the growing importance of law in both its Islamic and Middle Eastern dimensions. Website provides links to original papers and documents fundamental to Islamic Law.


Country Studies

Wikipedia - Iran

Excellent online encyclopedia article covering geography, history, military, culture, etc. with links to Internet resources

Iran - A Country Study

Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

CIA World Factbook - Iran

Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

BBC News Country Profiles - Iran

Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

DLIFLC - Iran in Perspective

Online familiarization course. Chapters include: Country Profile, Geography, History, Economy, Society, and Security; also has an End-ofCourse Test/Assessment.



Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Iran

Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

International Monetary Fund - Islamic Republic of Iran

Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group - Iran

WBG Activities in Iran, with additional related links.

The World Trade Organization - Iran (Observer)

"The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world?s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business."

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - Iran

"The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

World Health Organization - Iran

About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Iran

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 178 member National Societies.

Amnesty International - Iran

Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - Iran

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights

The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights is a self-governing group of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America, and the Central Asian republics formed from the territories of the former Soviet Union. A primary specific goal is to monitor compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its Follow-up Documents.


Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Destinations - Iran

The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Wikitravel - Iran

Wikitravel - by the people, for the people. Wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide.

Yahoo Travel Guide - Iran

Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

Dangerous Places - Iran

This is a "kind 'a, sort 'a" unusual website: "The authors and publishers assume no liability nor do they encourage you to do, see, visit or try any of the activities or actions discussed in this site." So, whether you're a soldier of fortune looking for a new gig or just an armchair version of one, take at lookee here! The url happens to be: www.combackalive.com!