Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Iran: Realities and Policy Issues, Past and Present

Seminar on: Iran's Ethnic and Religious Minorities: Analyzing Realities and Policy Issues, Past and Present

Friday, May 22, 2009
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bunche Hall 6275
Los Angeles, CA 90095

A seminar organized by Nikki Keddie, UCLA and Nayereh Tohidi, CSU Northridge.

Featuring: Asghar Schirazi, Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, Arash Khazeni, Claremont McKenna College, Mehrdad Amanat, Independent Scholar, Rasmus Christian Elling, University of Copenhagen

Panel One:

  • Mehrdad Amanat, Independent Scholar
    "Modernity and Religious Identity in Early Twentieth Century Iran"
  • Arash Khazeni, Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College
     "The Steppe and the Sown: The Turkmen and the Horse Trade of Nineteenth-Century Central Eurasia." 
  • Comment by Professor Nikki Keddie, UCLA, based on her posted article, at, “The Minorities Question in Iran.”

Panel Two:

  • Rasmus Christian Elling, Visiting Scholar, New York University:
    “Representations of ethnic identity in contemporary Iran"
  • Asghar Schirazi, Visiting Scholar, Harvard
    “Ethnic Conflicts in Iran”
  • Nayereh Tohidi, Professor, CSUN
    “Ethnic and Religious Minority Politics in Iran”

Closing Remarks: Professor Nikki Keddie, UCLA

Cost : Free and Open to the Public

Amy Bruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Program on Central Asia, Department of History, Keddie-Balzan Fund