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Dr Zahra Taheri

BA. Pahlavi Shiraz University. MA.The Research Institute of Persian Culture, Tehran. PhD. Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK)
Dr. Zahra Taheri is the Persian Studies Program Convenor, and Lecturer in Persian Language and literature in the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies.
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Language Studies 2003
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Literary Studies 2005

Research interests

 

1. Persian Language, Literature, and Culture.

2. Sufism.

3. Women Studies:

Women in Persian Literature, Sufi Texts, Ethical text.

Women in Oral and Folk Literature.

4. Modern Persian literature.

Biography

Dr Taheri was born and raised in Shiraz, and studied classical and contemporary Persian literature in Iran at Pahlavi (Shiraz) University, and received her Master's degree in Persian studies from the Pajuheshkade-ye Farhang-e Iran, and her PH.D from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University Of California, Berkeley.

During the last two decades she has taught Persian literature, language, Iranian history and  culture, and Gender and culture courses in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley (USA), the Department of Persian Studies at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Japan), and Australasian National University (australai).

Her first book, Hozur-e peyda va penhan-e zan dar mutun-e sufiyyeh was published by the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies /Japan

in 2007. The second edition  of this book was published in Iran in 2011. Her Second book "The Silence of Old Mirrors: The Lost Voice of a Muslim Woman in the Constitutional Revolution Era, the life and works of  ‘Alamtaj Qaem-Maqami" was translated into Japanese and published in Tokyo in 2012. The Persian version of this book "Sokut-e Kohan-e 'Ayene-haa" was published in 2016 by Nashr-e Sales in Iran. She is currently working on her upcoming book on "The Image of Women in Persian Ethical Texts.” This research project received a fellowship from the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford in 2016-2017.

Taheri is also a published poet with two collections of poetry: Milad and  Pegaah-e Nokhostin. Her third poetry book "Daaman be Khaak Mikeshad Maah" is in the process of publishing by “Nashr-e Sales” in Iran.

 

Researcher's projects

1. " The Image of women in Persian Ethical Literature." This reserch project has received the Bahari Visiting Fellowship in Persian Arts of book, from Oxford University. 2016-2017.

2. “Countless Images of Human Beings in Classical Persian Literature: The Case of Attar,” group projects. Department of Persian Language and Literature, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo. 2013-2015

3. “Women and Narration: Gendered Narratives in Oral and Written Persian Literature,” Research Institute for World Languages, Osaka University, Osaka. 2008-2010.      

4. “Sam’ani’s Rawh al-Arwah and Baha’ Walad’s Mu’arif”, Department of Persian Language and Literature, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo. 2008-2010.

5. “A Study on the Rhythmical Construction of the Hindi and Urdu Meters and its Origin in Persian Prosody,” Research Institute for World Languages, Osaka University, Osaka. (2008)

6. “Studies on the Mystical Interpretation of the Quran in the Third Section (al-Nawbat al-Thalithah) of Meybudi’s Kashf al-Asrar,” Department of Persian Language and Literature Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo. 2004-2006

 

 

 

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