Persian Studies Section at Wadham College Library

A special collection of 4,500 books on Persian history, literature, philosophy, theology, science and art is open, by application, to all Oxford University members, as well as external scholars and researchers. The Ferdowsi Library also includes a collection of more than 950 Persian manuscripts and just over 900 early printed books in Armenian.

Please see General Information below for membership information.

New additions to the Ferdowsi Library

History of Ladies: women status in Qajar dynasty 

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Women in the Shāhnāmah : their history and social status within the framework of ancient and medieval sources

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Essays in honor of Ḥabīb Yaghmāī

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Read more about this prominent Iranian journalist here (in Persian) 

Check our  Facebook group for the latest stories from the Persian section.

One of the beautiful manuscripts in the Wadham Library collection - an 1828 Quran

One of the beautiful manuscripts in the Wadham Library collection - an 1828 Quran

General information

Contact Persian Studies Section:

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 287138
Email: persian.library@wadh.ox.ac.uk

Explore Persian Studies Section:

Take our virtual tour of the Persian section.

Anyone with an academic affiliation can join and visit the Library. Please complete our Online Application From, or download a PDF Version and hand it in to the library.

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Wadham Librarian Tim Kirtley,  Dr Ali Mir-Ansari and Library Persian Studies Section Coordinator, Dr Mohammad Emami

Wadham Librarian Tim Kirtley,  Dr Ali Mir-Ansari and Library Persian Studies Section Coordinator, Dr Mohammad Emami