College of Languages

Department of Persian


The department of Persian Language and Literature was established in 2016 due to the needs of students and the University of Sulaimani. The department has three graduate batches. Currently, the department has 36 sophomores, 43 juniors, and 21 seniors.

Names of Heads of the Department since the date of foundation:

– Assistant Professor Dr. Shakhawan Jalal Haji Faraj (2016-2017)

– Assistant Lecturer Arkan Abdullah Mahmoud (2017-2020)

-Assistant Professor Dr. Adnan Abdulrahman Taha (2020 to date)-

Department Vision:

Though there are many departments and specialties in our university that develop experts in different fields, yet this does not meet all the demands for other specialties. The existence of the Persian department is considered an important scientific opportunity for students who are interested in Persian language and literature.

This department is devoted to the language and literature of a nation that has its own dictionary, culture, language and literature. Moreover, Literary, scientific, religious, historical, etc. publications have been written in this language for more than a thousand years. Persian is considered one of the most important living languages ​​in the world.

Department Mission:

The department aims to teach Persian to non-Persian speakers. Learning Persian at the Persian Language Teaching Department is more than just a language course; it is also an opportunity for students to discover a country and its people. Learning Persian allows students to learn the language for everyday use, for their jobs, or simply for fun. The mission is not only to teach four main Persian language skills but also:

  1. Familiarizing learners with Iranian rich literature, history, art, and culture
  2. Teaching Persian language to foreign students to continue their education in different universities in Iran
  3. Teaching Persian language to orientalists who study the history, culture, and customs of Iranians
  4. Increasing the knowledge of Persian language teachers abroad
  5. Teaching Persian language to non-Persian speakers who follow commercial, industrial, and other purposes in Iran
  6. Cooperation and signing memoranda for the establishment and development of centers for teaching Persian to non-Persian speakers
  7. Sending qualified teachers to the centers that are active in the field of teaching Persian.
  8. Arranging art courses, visiting historical sites, museums, and tourist attractions for the Persian department students.
  9. Students will acquire full knowledge and skills in the areas of language and literature (eloquence, grammar, literary criticism, different scientific terms in old and modern texts of Persian language and literature, etc.). So that in the future, they can devotedly convey these to other students who are interested in Persian language and literature via departments, schools, and educational centers in terms of the roots of Kurdish and Persian languages, geographical proximity, and cultural mixture of Persian and Kurdish.
  10. Another point is to train experts in order to enrich the fields of research, compare them with each other, and use the abilities and techniques of scientific research of Persian language and literature experts, and use them in the service of Kurdish language and literature.
  11. Graduates of the Persian department can be employed in government institutions. They can work as interpreters in radio, television, and other media, as well as translate notable Persian and/or Kurdish literary works in an academic and advanced manner.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon the completion of their degrees, successful students will be able to:

  • Recognize and produce all major grammatical structures in modern Persian, including verb tenses.
  • Speak and write on a number of basic topics related to themselves, their surroundings, daily life, recreation, travel, and so on.
  • Read and comprehend passages from simple but authentic texts from the Persian-speaking world. Such texts might include instructions, encyclopedia entries, reports, film and theater scripts, and short stories, among others.
  • Recognize varieties in registers of modern Persian, including distinctions between written and spoken forms of the language. Students will be able to write and speak in registers appropriate for a variety of social contexts.
  • Use their linguistic competence to continue learning Persian at higher levels, through both additional language study at Persian language institutions and through reading more advanced texts with the assistance of dictionaries and other reference materials.
  • Translating Persian texts into Kurdish and vice versa.

Study Methods:

In this department, teaching methods are used in accordance with the characteristics and prerequisites of the subjects.  These include prepared lesson teaching methods, discussions, scientific trips, mind mapping, thought flow, and teaching technology.


All subjects are taught in Persian, with the exception of English, Arabic, Kurdology, and the primary subjects such as University Work Environment, Professional Skills, and Physical Education.


4 years

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