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The Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies


It gives me great pleasure to hereby announce the addition of the word "Persian" to the term "Gulf" in our center's name. It makes justice to the historically appropriate, right and just term for that geographic region, and thus makes the Ezri Center as probably the only research and academic center outside Iran to use that term.


At the same time, I am also pleased to announce the opening of the new offices of the Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies at the University of Haifa. It is almost a year since our new center has been inaugurated and began its activity, but only a few weeks ago that we could move into the new offices.


At the Ezri Center researchers from all over the world can enjoy the ever-expanding volumes of books and documents of the center, as well as those of the Library of the University of Haifa. Also other facilities, such as research rooms, connection to internet, fax, telephone, a conference room, etc., would be open to them.


The unique characteristics of Haifa, where Jews and Arabs live peacefully together, could be seen as a micro-cosmos of what a macro-cosmos Middle East could look like if peace, security, tolerance and friendship prevails in the region.


I invite you to have a look at our site at:, where you can find photo galleries of the event marking the name change and the opening of the new offices.


With best wishes and regards,


Soli Shahvar, PhD


The Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

The University of Haifa

Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905 Israel



About the Center:


Center's main mission is to provide crucial insights into the society, economy and politics of Persian Gulf countries through academic interdisciplinary research of the kind and quality that cannot be achieved through individual and less systematic study. Such insights are naturally essential for the interests of the State of Israel, but the Center also envisages making contributions to decision makers in other countries in the West and the Far East, and seeks to achieve a similar role vis--vis certain Gulf states in the future.


The Center brings together a sterling team of specialists, headed by Professor Amatzia Baram, an internationally acclaimed scholar on contemporary Iraqi history and society. Professor Gad Gilbar is an equally renowned scholar on the social and economic history of Iran and a number of other Middle Eastern countries. Professor Yossi Ginat is a leading anthropologist specializing in nomad, semi-nomad and settled Bedouin, while Professor Arnon Soffer is an expert geographer whose important studies on water issues involving Iraq and its neighbors have gained him international recognition. Professor Yossi Nevo is a renowned scholar specializing in the political and social history of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinians. Professor Yitzhak Shichor is one of the world's leading historians of China. Dr. Onn Winckler is a specialist in the demographic and economic history particularly of the Gulf States, Syria and Jordan. Dr. Michael Eppel has been researching various aspects of Iraqi political history, especially the Kurds and Iraqi-Syrian relations. Dr. Ronen Zeidel has concentrated on historical developments in Iraq's Sunni Arab Triangle over the past two centuries. Dr. Soli Shahvar is an expert on Iranian history.


Given its impartiality, the Center is pre-eminently positioned to identify both dangers and opportunities even as these may still be "below the radar screen" of governmental and academic bodies that do not specialize in the region or do not employ multi-disciplinary strategies.


... Payvand News - 1/23/07 ... --

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