The Iran Society


Founded in 1935, The Iran Society acts as a gathering point for those who are interested in Iran's heritage and culture. It is strictly non-political. Its object is to promote learning and advance education in the subject of Iran, its peoples and culture and particularly to advance education through the study of language, literature, art, history, religions, antiquities, usages, institutions and customs of Iran. The Society's principal activities comprise seven lectures a year on a wide range of subjects, publication of occasional monographs, an annual study day (e.g. on Persian carpets or manuscripts), publication of the Society's journal and an annual reception for members and guests.

Please note that all lectures this season will be held in the Pall Mall Room, upstairs at the Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London, London SW1Y 5JN (Map). (Entrance on the corner of St James's Square) Lectures start at 7pm. Drinks will be available from the cash bar from 6.30pm. Club rules require gentlemen to wear a jacket and tie.


Sinbad's CitiesThe Iran Society offers a range of lectures over the course of the year.
Our next lecture will be on Wednesday 26th November.
Shi'ism in Iran: Theocracy and Democracy
Professor Robert Gleave
Lectures Programme ...


Christopher de Bellaigue The Christmas party will be held in the hall of St Columba's Church, Pont Street on the 16th December, with a presentation by Charles Gammell on ‘The Story of Herat'. For the application form, click here.
Events Programme ...




SoltaniyyahIn 2002 the Iran Society re-launched its Journal which had ceased publication in 1954.   View Journals ...

The first sixty five years

Denis WrightAlthough considerable public interest in Persia (as Iran was officially known in the West until 1935) was stimulated by Nasir ud-Din Shah's State Visit to Britain in 1873 and by G.N. (later Lord) Curzon's monumental two volumes on Persia published in 1892 it was not until 1909 that British friends of the country formed two Persia Committees  Read More ...