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From Ancient Persia to Contemporary LA: 2,700 Years of Iranian Jewish History

A conference organized in conjunction with the exhibition Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, this day-long conference brings together distinguished scholars to examine topics including religions and cultures in ancient Persia, religious minorities under Shiite Islamic rule, and contemporary issues of identity and culture, including women in Iran and the Jewish-Persian diaspora.

Sunday, January 27, 2013
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Morning Session 10:00 am–12:30 pm

Light and Shadows: 2,700 Years of Iranian Jewish History

David Yerushalmi, Professor, Center of Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Introduction to Iranian Jewish Culture and History

Jason Mokhtarian, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University
Jewish Culture in Ancient Iran: From Ezra the Scribe to the Babylonian Talmud

Daniel Tsadik, Assistant Professor of Sephardic and Iranian Studies, Yeshiva University
Jews under Shiite Islamic Rule

Afternoon Session 2:00–5:30 pm

Contemporary Issues of Identity and Culture

Panel One: 2:00–3:30 pm

Special Topics on 20th-Century History of Women in Iran

Moderator: Morgan Hakimi, Co-Chair, Department of Psychology, Touro College Los Angeles


Janet Afary, Professor, Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion and Modernity, UC Santa Barbara

Eliz Sanasarian, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Southern California

Panel Two 3:45–5:30 pm

Contemporary Explorations of Heritage and Memory

Moderator: Houman Sarshar, Director of Publications, Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History
Introduction to the Los Angeles Persian Jewish Community


Yassi Gabbay, architect
Controversies over the Tomb of Esther and Mordechai in Iran

Hasan Sarbakshian, photojournalist
Religious Liberty and Freedom of the Press in Iran

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Presented in conjunction with Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Stacey Ravel Abarbanel

Download file: Fowler-L&S-Conference-wz-gnc.pdf

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Department of History, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for the Study of Religion, Conference funding provided by Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation

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