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Central Asian studies educator

Iraj Bashiri, Iranian Central Asian studies educator. Recipient: Distinguished Teaching award, College Liberal Arts, 1980; International Education Travel grant University Minnesota, 1990-1992; International Research & Exchanges Board resident scholar, Tajikistan, 1993-1994.


Bashiri, Iraj was born on July 31, 1940 in Behbahan, Iran. Arrived in the United States, 1966. Son of Muhammad and Robab Bashiri.


Bachelor cum laude, Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran, 1963. Master of Arts, University Michigan, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1972.

Doctor of Philosophy in History and Culture (honorary), Tajikstan State University, 1996.


Coordinator, teacher Peace Corps, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1967—1968. Assistant professor Iranian studies University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1972—1977, coordinator Middle East studies program, 1975—1977, associate professor Iranian studies, 1977—1987, acting chair South Asian studies, 1990—1991, associate chair Russian and Eastern European studies, 1987—1990, acting chair Russian and Eastern European studies, 1990—1991, associate professor Central Asian studies, 1987—1996, professor Central Asian studies, since 1996, interim director Institute of Linguistics, English as Second Language, Slavic language and literature, 2005—2007, professor history, since 2007. Review board International Research and Exchange Board for Tajikistan, Princeton, New Jersey, since 1991.

Editor bilingual series Mazda Public, Encino, California, 1985-1990. Selection committee MacArthur Foundation, Minneapolis, 1990-1991, international seminar, 1990. Professor international relations Kyrgyz State National University, 1998-1999.

Associate professor Iranian studies University Texas, Austin, Texas, 1982, chairman Slavic and Central Asia languages and literature, 1997-1998. Honorary international academician Academy of Sciences Tajikistan, since 1996.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Fiction of Sadeq Hedayat, 1984, The Black Tulip (English, Persian), 1985, Firdowsi's Shahname: 1000 Years After, 1994, second edition, 2003, Kamal Khujandi: Epoch and its Importance in the History of Central Asian Civilization, 1996, The Samanids and the Revival of the Civilization of Iranian Peoples, 1998, 2002, The Nowruz Scrolls, 2001. Editor: The Pearl Canon, 1986, History of a National Catastrophe, 1996, Tajikistan in the 20th Century, 2002, Beginnings to AD 2000: A Comprehensive Chronology of Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran, 2001, The Nowruz Scrolls (English, Russian, Tajiki, Persian), 2002, Prominent Tajik Figures of the 20th Century, 2003.: From the Hymns of Zarathustra to the Songs of Borbad, 1995, 2003, Impact of Egypt on Ancient Iran, 2007, The Ishraqi Philosophy of Jalal at Din Rumi, 2008, Turk and Tur in Firdowsi's Shahname, 2009.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


Fellow Middle East Studies Association. Member American Institute Iranian Studies (trustee 1975-1979), Association for Center Asian Studies, Association Advancement Center Asian Research (chair development committee since 1990), American Association Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Langs., Academy Sciences Tajikistan (honorary international).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: writing realist fiction, fishing, traveling.


Married Carol L. Sayers, April 18, 1968. Children: Mariam, Manuchehr, Mehrdad.

Muhammad Bashiri

Robab Bashiri

Carol L. Sayers

Mariam Bashiri

Manuchehr Bashiri

Mehrdad Bashiri