Kaveh Farrokh, who was born in Athens, Greece, is cited as “…a leading authority in the history of Persia by the University of British Columbia website He has been recognized as an expert in the field of Iranian history:

Persian Heritage Kaveh Farrokh on the front cover of the Persian Heritage journal (Volume XIX, No. 73, Spring 2014). The primary photo is of Farrokh at the WAALM ceremonies in London on October 31, 2009, where he obtained the “Best History Book Award” for 2008. He is also Head of Department of Traditions & Cultural History of WAALM (World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media – affiliated with United Nations organization ACUNS) –   WAALM was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

Kaveh has has been lecturing at the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Continuing Studies as well as at UBC’s Persian Studies initiative program in the university’s Asian Studies department.  He is affiliated with a number of world-renowned organizations, including the Hellenic-Iranian Studies Society, The Iran Linguistics Society and Stanford University’s WAIS (World Association of International Studies) program.


In addition to journal articles, Farrokh has also published articles in major academic peer-reviewed textbooks such as Palgrave Macmillan and Brill Publications in 2015.

The University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies program gave a strong tribute to Kaveh Farrokh acknowledging his long association with the University of British Columbia – kindly see video showing the distinguished Professor Harjot S. Oberoi who is a world-class historian at the University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies program.

Professor Harjot S. Oberoi of the University of British Columbia’s Asian Studies program  introduces “An Evening with Dr. Kaveh Farrokh – Sassanian Architecture” (Monday March 12, 2011). This talk  was given as part of the overall drive to promote support for the University of British Columbia’s Iranian Studies and Persian language initiative.

Kaveh has been noted for a number of citations including the following:

WAALM-4-Nobel Nomination

The Nobel Peace prize awarded to Sir Ralph Norman Angell (1872-1967) in 1933 (Photo in Public Domain). The United Nations affiliated organization ACUNS has noted that The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media – WAALM has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize report (also posted in Iranian.com, the Persianesque on-line Journal). Kaveh Farrokh is the chair of WAALM-School of Cultural Diplomacy’s Department of Traditions & Cultural History (for more information see Blog).

Kaveh’s second book “Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War” received praise by Dr.s Geoffrey Greatrex (University of Ottawa), Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Edinburgh, Department of Classics), Patrick Hunt (Stanford University), Nikoloz Kacharava (The University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Member of Academy of Sciences in Georgia, Active Member of New York Academy of Sciences) (posted on Amazon.com) .

Shadows in the Desert Ancient Persia at War – Recent Persian translation by Qoqnoos Publishers with the English to Persian translation having been done by Shahrbanu Saremi (at LEFT),  The original publication by OspreyPublishing  (at CENTER) the Farrokh text  translated  into Russian (consult the Russian EXMO Publishers website) (at RIGHT).

Note that the foreword of Kaveh’s second book was written by Harvard Professor Emeritus Richard Nelson Frye.

Frye and Farrokh

Meeting his mentors: Farrokh greets the late Professor Emeritus Richard Nelson Frye of Harvard University(shaking hands with Farrokh) and the late world-renowned Iranologist, Dr. Farhang Mehr (at center), winner of the 2010 Merit and Scholarship award (photo from Persian American Society,March 1, 2008).

Kaveh has also been interviewed by a number of major media outlets including The History Channel, The Voice of Americathe BBC  the The Leonard Lopate Show of New York City and other venues.

Farrokh delivers short speech at the WAALM ceremonies in London in 2008.

Kaveh Farrokh’s third textbook, Iran at War: 1500-1988 (Osprey Publishing, 2011) has been translated into Persian by one of the most prestigious academic Persian-language publishing houses, known as Qoqnoos Publishers (انتشارات ققنوس). The translation (ایران در جنگ) has been conducted by Maryam Saremi. Qoqnoos has translated into Persian academic textbooks by scholars such as David Nicolle, Josef Wiesehofer, Duncan head, Touraj Atabaki, Nino Piglokevskaya, Sandra Mackey, Touraj Daryaee, Mohammed Dandamaev, Agrar Aliev, Christopher Foster, and Mary Boyce.

Cover pages of Iran at War (1500-1988) (Left) and the 2018 translation “ایران در جنگ” by Maryam Saremi of Qoqnoos publishers (Right). Iran at War is Farrokh’s third textbook on the military history of Iran. The total number of translations of Farrokh’s first three books are now seven (discussed further below). To date (Fall of 2018), Farrokh has published and co-authored eight textbooks on the Military History of Iran (three have been published in 2018).

The publishing of the Persian translation of “ایران در جنگ” (Iran at War) has been announced by major Persian-language news outlets such as:

For more information kindly see “Award & Recognition” and “Books” on the main menu panel of kavehfarrokh.com.

Fereydoun Farrokh, Kaveh’s father in Georgian-Russian national dress in the late 1920s.

Kaveh also went to the Berlin American High School (B.A.H.S.) (See Kaveh’s photo in the B.A.H.S yearbook in 1975 by clicking this line, note that Kaveh’s name is cited as “Kevin Farrokh”).

Germany had been divided in two as a consequence of the defeat of the Nazis in 1945. The country (and its capital Berlin) became partitioned into Western and Eastern zones by the Western allies and the former Soviet Union respectively. The Berlin Wall finally came down in late 1989 which quickly led to the re-unification of Germany.

Hot spot of the Cold War -Berlin in the 1960s and 1970s. LEFT: Checkpoint Charlie in the 1960s at the height of the Cold War. Above is a major military standoff between US M-48 tanks (note US M-113 armored personnel carrier at left) and Soviet forces at Checkpoint Charlie which was along the Berlin Wall which separated East from West Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie was on the Western side).  RIGHT: Berlin American High School (B.A.H.S.) now known as the Wilma-Rudolph-Oberschule. B.A.H.S  was permanently closed in 1994 during the withdrawal of US forces from Berlin following the end of the Cold War. 

Late 1970s to the Present

As a result of his life experience, education, and studies of linguistics, Kaveh now speaks a number of languages. He has also lived in and traveled to several countries, including Germany, France, England, Belgium, Italy, and Russia.

A view of one of the administration buildings of the Institut Chateaubriand in Cannes, southern France in 1971 (at left, the city of Cannes today at right).  Kaveh attended Institut Chateaubriand in 1979-1980. Kaveh’s talents in history were first recognized in 1980, during his senior year at the Institut Chateaubriand where he was granted the Leonardo Da Vinci Prize  for high achievement in history from the city’s mayor.

Kaveh obtained his undergraduate arts degree in May 1985 and his Ph.D. on September 24, 2001 from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized on the cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers.

Professor Yarshater meets Kaveh Farrokh during the Persian American Society’s honoring ceremonies for Professor Emeritus Richard Nelson Frye on March 1, 2008.

[CLICK TO ENLARGE] Brochure cover for the 2nd International Conference on Talishi Studies at Yerevan, Armenia Nov. 12-13, 2011 (left) and page 4 of that brochure at right. Note that Kaveh Farrokh was one of the key Presenters at the conference which was reported in Armenian print and YV media.

Kaveh Farrokh

The Late Henry Farrokh (1970-2015)

The late Henry Farrokh (1970-2015) was an instructor of French literature at Simon Fraser University prior to his passing in 2015.

Kaveh Farrokh’s brother, the late Henry H. Farrokh (1970-2015) passed away on January 31, 2015. A prodigy since early childhood, Henry’s legacy of excellence in French Literature and Language is being honored on an annual basis with a Memorial Book Prize in his name for graduates of the French Department of Simon Fraser’s French Department, where Henry (known to students and faculty by the French pronunciation “Henri”) acted as instructor as he pursued his Graduate program at the university. Below is a photograph of the Henry H. Farrokh Memorial Book Prize awarded to Simon Fraser’s exceptional students of French Literature (awarded to Julia Galmiche in 2016). The book prize for 2016 featured the French literature doyen essayist, novelist and critic Marcel Proust (1871-1922), whose works were among the late Henry’s favorite teaching subjects at Simon Fraser University.


The annual Henry Farrokh Memorial Prize awarded to students in 2016 who achieve excellence in French Literature at Simon Fraser University’s French Department. The 2016 book prize features Marcel Proust’s monumental novel “À la recherche du Temps Perdu”. More photos of the Graduation ceremonies as well as other awards granted for students in 2015 event may be viewed on Simon Fraser University’s French Department Facebook page …

The Farrokh family dedicated the late Henry’s massive collection of books in French literature to Simon Fraser University’s French Department on October 8, 2016. These books are to be housed in a dedicated section named after Henry Farrokh within Simon Fraser University’s French Department library.

The Henry Farrokh Memorial prize of 2017 (awarded to Umut Incescu in June 2017) stated: In recognition in French Literature at the Masters level in the 2016-2017 Academic year“.