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