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.

COVID-19 restrictions

Due to our current COVID-related restrictions, the Persian Section is not able to serve any users from outside Wadham College. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will let you know when this situation changes.

New additions to the Ferdowsi Library

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History of Ladies: women status in Qajar dynasty 

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More Information (in Persian)

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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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More information (provided by the publisher)

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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@wadham.ox.ac.uk

Explore Persian Studies Section:

A computer-generated model of the Persian Studies Section

Take our virtual tour of the Persian section.

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Anyone with an academic affiliation to the University of Oxford, either enrolled on a course studying Persian or using Persian sources in their academic research, can apply to join the Library. Middle Eastern Studies students at Wadham who are not studying Persian formally may also apply for access. Please complete our Online Application Form.

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Join our public Facebook group for the latest stories about the Ferdowsi Library, new additions and more.


Should you have any questions, please email persian.library@wadham.ox.ac.uk

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