Alfred Deakin Institute
The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is a leading humanities and social sciences research institute based at Deakin University, Australia. Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the imp


Transcending religion: Pre-Islamic heritage and cultural stability in Iran

Since the late 1980s, the Islamic Republic has reconsidered its relationships to the past, claiming Iran’s pre-Islamic heritage and enlisting it in official narratives of collective identity.

This project looks at the sub-region of Parsa-Pasrgadae (Parsa) in Iran where, despite competing historical, cultural and political factors converging, the people in the region have a shared identity. This research will bring new insights into the role that pre-Islamic heritage plays in contemporary Iran and its potential to create a more stable Middle East.

Chief Investigator

Dr Ali Mozaffari

Project Funding

This project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.