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About Danesh Institute

Established in 1994, the Institute is a nonpolitical, independent, not-for-profit educational organization. As such, the Institute has been incorporated in the State of Indiana and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The purpose of the Institute is to stimulate and promote scholarly studies related to contemporary Iranian society and to Iranian communities abroad, particularly in the United States. The Institute has pursued this purpose by offering annual conferences, sponsoring special projects, and publishing newsletters and bulletins. Samples of these publications can be found on this website (See Conference).

2016 Annual Conference

Date: October 21, 2016
On the campus of IUPUI
IU School of Social Work
University Hall
301 University Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Iranians in Diaspora: Ethnic and Religious Diversity

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Preliminary Program

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Conference Planning Committee

A Conference Sponsored by DÄ€NESH Institute

Hosted by Indiana University School of Social Work

Historians agree that one of the principal characteristics of enduring civilization of Iran has been cultural and religious diversity of its people. Of the present Iranian population, almost one-half is of Persian origin, while the other half represents several ethnic groups such as Armenians, Azaris, Kurds, Lurs, and Turkmans. The vast majority of Persians as well as Azaris are Moslem Shi'ite. The others are Moslem Sunni, Jewish, Baha'i, Christian, and Zoroastrian. This ethnic and religious diversity is particularly evident among Iranians in diaspora. While sharing many of Persian cultural practices, these diverse groups adhere also to their unique cultures. Thus, the primary focus of this year's DANESH conference is to recognize and understand the Iranian diverse ethnic and religious groups in diaspora, particularly in the United States.

Planning Committee Members: Cyrus Behroozi, Ebrahim Fakouri, Mohammad Kaviani, Shamsi Javaheri Mansoori, Irene Queiro-Tajalli, Sholeh Shahrokhi, and Bita Zakeri


News From Board Members

Dr. Mary Hegland, Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University and DANESH Institute board member, received the Gold Medal (World History Category) in the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) for her book, Days of Revolution. Political Unrest in an Iranian Village (2014).

Published by University Press:

Cloth ISBN: 9780804775670
Paper ISBN: 9780804775687
Digital ISBN: 9780804788854


Dr. Irene Queiro-Tajalli was named a 2015 Recognizing External Achievements (REA) recipient for the School of Social Work.  All REA recipients were honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation on Friday, April 24, 2015.