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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Middle Eastern Studies
Associate in Persian Language and Culture
Email address: 
+44 (0)1223 335142

Mahbod Ghaffari studied Translation for his BA and got his Master in Teaching Persian and PhD in Linguistics in Iran. He got a certificate in “Leadership in Higher Education” from the University of Oxford and passed a 6 month intensive course on Iranian Culture and Civilization, Iranian and Islamic Architecture, Anthropology, Archaeology, and History of Iran.

When he was 26, Mahbod started teaching at university as a lecturer in Iran, teaching linguistics, methodology, translation, Persian language and culture, etc. This continued for several years in the University of Allameh Tabatabaei and Shahid Beheshti University before leaving Iran. After moving to the UK, he continued working and researching on Persian Language and has been Persian Examiner for the University of Westminster before joining the department of Middle Eastern Studies in the University of Cambridge.

After finishing his recent project on teaching Persian online (to make it easier for anybody interested in learning this language and accessing the website from anywhere in the world), Mahbod is now working on a book about Persian Grammar.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Dr Ghaffari teaches undergraduate Persian language and Linguistics, Introduction to the contemporary Middle East: Languages and Literatures of the Modern Middle East, and Iranian Cinema

Research interests: 

Persian Language and Culture, Classical and Modern Persian Literature, Persian Linguistics, General Linguistics, Multimedia and Interactive Online Teaching, Iranian Studies.


Persian beyond Borders Ketab Bahar Publications (2021)
Fārsi bīyāmuzīm! 2 (Let's Learn Persian!) Intermediate, 2nd Edition Madreseh Publications (2021)
Persian for Dummies John Willey – Avand Danesh Publication (2019)
Fārsi bīyāmuzīm! 1 (Let's Learn Persian!) Beginner, 2nd Edition Madreseh Publications (2017)

Articles, Book Chapters etc

Persian Language Teaching in the UK: Challenges, Potentials and Initiatives (2021)
University of Cambridge, Asian, Middle Eastern and Persian Studies during the pandemic The World Universities Response to Covid-19: Remote Online Language Teaching (2021)
Persian as an interlanguage The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy in Persian (2020)
The Position of Persian Focus ‘Ke’ in Tree Diagram Based on Minimalist Programme Jashnname-ye Dr Dabirmoghaddam: Collection of Linguistic Papers (in Persian) (2017)

Further publications