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Persian Language and Culture 1


Admission requirements

Successful completion of the Persian writing course in the week before the start of the semester.


This course starts with an introduction to the Persian language and culture. Students are introduced to the script, phonology, morphology and syntax of the Persian language, and will learn the accompanying terminology. The course is taught with reference to a number of Persian grammar books and accompanying exercises. The exercises are prepared by the students in advance of each class and are the primary means through which the grammar is brought into practice during class. There are three two-hour classes each week. The course requires active preparation and participation. Attendance of the classes is compulsory. Cultural aspects of Iranian society are introduced through texts and students will aquire basic knowledge of Iranian culture. At the end of the course students will have an overview of the basics of the grammatical system of the Persian language and culture, and are able to translate and analyse simple Persian texts.

Course objectives

  • Working knowledge of Persian grammar

  • Basic knowledge of vocabularies in Persian

  • Knowledge of the accompanying terminology and the transliteration system

  • Ability to translate simple texts from Persian into English, and simple sentences from

  • English into Persian

  • Basic knowledge of cultural and societal aspects of Iranian society


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Mode of instruction

Attendance and active participation are obligatory for seminars. Students are required to prepare for and attend all sessions. The convenors need to be informed without delay of any classes missed for a good reason (i.e. due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, family issues, problems with residence permits, the Dutch railways in winter, etc.). In these cases it is up to the discretion of the convener(s) of the course whether or not the missed class will have to be made up with an extra assignment. The maximum of such absences during a semester is two. Being absent without notification and/or more than two times can result in exclusion from the term end exams and a failing grade for the course.

Assessment method


  • Written exam with short open questions and essay question

  • Presentation


  • Written exam: 80%

  • Presentation: 20%


The resit exam is a written exam, which will count 100%.

Inspection and feedback

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

The material will be chosen in consultation with the teacher.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


Dr. S. Rafiee Rad


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).