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
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Projects

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.