Seminar on:

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

Friday, May 22, 2009, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bunche Hall 6275, UCLA, Los Angeles , CA   90095 , US


Panel One: Chaired by Janet Afary, UCLA


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: Chaired by Afshin Matin-Asgari, CSULA


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



Co-sponsored by the UCLA Central Asia Initiative, Department of History, the CNES

Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran , and

the Keddie-Balzan Fund