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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Afsaneh Najmabadi (Project Director: July 2011 to present)

Women's Worlds in Qajar Iran: A Digital Archive and Website

The development of a comprehensive digital archive and Web site that will preserve and render accessible primary sources related to the social and cultural history of women during the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran. The sources include unpublished poetry, essays, travelogues, private letters, photographs, portrait paintings, calligraphies, marriage contracts, and legal documents.

Harvard University seeks renewed funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue its development of the Women's World in Qajar Iran project, a comprehensive digital archive and website that preserves, links and renders accessible primary source materials related to the social and cultural history of women' worlds during the reign of the Qajar dynasty, 1796 to 1925 in Iran. The dynasty is perhaps most notable for a series of intense interactions with Europe, many of which introduced cultural and political changes that still resonate in the Iran of today. The WWQI project addresses a significant gap in the scholarship related to this important time in the history of Iran by making available writings and other personal documents created by, and reflecting the lives of, women during the Qajar era. Since the project began in 2009 approximately 20,000 digital facsimiles have been created.

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Project fields:
Near and Middle Eastern History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$197,650 (approved)
$196,621 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2012 – 3/31/2014