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Dr. Farian Sabahi

Historian specialised on Iran, with an approach of area studies


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2012-2013 Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Humanities,

teaching History of Islamic Countries, (36 hours, 2nd semester)
Professor, University of Valle d’Aosta, Faculty of Political Sciences,

teaching the module International Relations in the Middle East (12 hours)


2011-2012 Invited Professor, University of Geneva, Faculté des Lettres, Unité d’Arabe, teaching Yemen: Histoire, politique, société, (26 hours, 1st semester)
Professor, University of Turin, Faculty of Humanities,

teaching History of Islamic Countries, (36 hours, 2nd semester)


Professor, University of Valle d’Aosta, Faculty of Political Sciences,

teaching Politics and Economics of the Middle East, (22 hours, 2nd semester),

and the module International Relations in the Middle East (on Yemen and the Arab peninsula, 11 hours in Ambassador G. Lenzi’s course (1st semester)
2010-2011 Professor of International Relations in the Middle East

University of Valle d’Aosta, Faculty of Political Sciences,

(teaching 20 hours in the second semester)

Professor of Cultures and Politics of Islam and History of Islamic Countries

University of Turin, Faculties of Political Sciences and Humanities,

(54 hours in the second semester)

Invited Professor, teaching the course L’Iran à travers son cinema,

University of Geneva, Faculté des Lettres, Unité d’Arabe,

(26 hours in the first semester)

2009-2010 Invited Professor, Université de Genève, Faculté des Lettres, teaching the course L’évolution politique et sociale en Iran dès 1890


Professor at the University of Turin, teaching the course Cultures and Politics of Islam (54 hours, Faculty of Political Sciences) and History of Islamic Countries (30 hours, Faculty of Humanities)
Invited Scholar, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya (Israel)
2008-2010 Professor at University of Turin, Faculty of Humanities, teaching the course History of Islamic Countries (30 hours)
Supervision of students graduating with thesis on Islam and democracy
2008-2010 Lecturer on human rights in Islamic countries, University of Siena, Master in International Human Rights (8 hours)
2008-2009 Lecturer at University of Rome, Faculty of Oriental Studies, teaching a course on Iran (24 hours)


    1. Lecturer at University of Turin, Faculty of Political Sciences

Teaching the course Islam and democracy (30 hours)
2005-2009 Lecturer on History of the Islamic countries, Master in International Human Rights and Genocide Studies (under the direction of Prof. M. Flores), Siena (10 hours)

2007-2008 Lecturer at the School of State Police in Alessandria, Intercultural communication with regards to the Muslim world (20 hours)

2007-2008 Lecturer University of Campobasso, Master on the Enlargement of Europe to the South of the Mediterranean (6 hours)
2002-2006 Lecturer on Islam, Bocconi Business School, Milan

Master FSE per manager dell’immigrazione: esperti nella gestione di aziende e utenti multietnici (MaIm)


July 2003 Successful candidate for the post of researcher at the Institute of Iranian Studies in Vienna directed by Prof. Bert Fragner (position declined due to family reasons)

2002-2003 Lecturer, Faculté des Lettres, Geneva, teaching the course Histoire politique et sociale en Iran au XXème siècle (30 hours)

2001-2002 Researcher (on the Free Trade Zones of the Persian Gulf), Bocconi University, Milan




Researcher, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva

Easter 2002 Visiting Fellow (30 March to 3rd April), University of North Carolina, giving a series of lectures on the Middle East


2000-2001 Visiting Fellow, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva



EDUCATION
2001-2003 Research grant funded by Bocconi University (Milan), Economic History Department, to work on Iran and free trade zones in the Gulf

1999-2001 Post-Doctorate (on buy-back oil contracts in the Islamic Republic of Iran), funded by Bologna University (I spent the two years at HEI in Geneva under the supervision of Prof. M.-R. Djalili, a specialist of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia)

1999 Ph.D, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, on the Literacy Corps in Pahlavi Iran (from 1963 to 1979) under the supervision of David Morgan (History Dept.) and Richard Tapper (Anthropology Dept.), examined by Emeritus Professor Ann Lambton and Fred Halliday (London School of Economics)
1995 Laurea degree in Oriental History, Bologna University (110/110 cum laude and publication of the final dissertation)


  1. Laurea degree in Economics, Bocconi Business School, Milan



COUNTRIES VISITED FOR RESEARCH: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Pakistan, Yemen, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, UAE, Kosovo, Turkey, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain.

MEMBERSHIPS: Society for Iranian Studies, New York. Member of the scientific committees of: Cipmo (Centro Pace in Medio Oriente based in Milan and directed by Janiki Cingoli), EAST (bi-monthly magazine on International Politics), Nilde Iotti Foundation (based in Rome, aiming at promoting women’s participation in Italy).



PRIZES:
• In June 2010, Farian Sabahi was awarded the Amalfi Coast Media Award (Mediterranean) for “her success in overcoming cultural diversity and her ability to make a difference”

(http://www.premiobiagioagnes.it/edizioni-precedenti/2010/giuria-e-premiati).

• In 2011, she was awarded the “Valdo Fusi – Torino Libera Award for Free Thought”, by the Pannunzio Centre for Free Thought with the following motivation: “The prize serves to distinguish the most significant figures in the city of Turin. Those who receive the prize are non-conformist free-thinkers endowed with a critical spirit. According to the city’s best tradition, such prominent people have looked beyond the Alps, following the example of Alfieri, Gobetti, Baretti, and Cavour, who were the expression of a cosmopolite, international and European culture. Farian Sabahi finds her rightful place among the recipients of this award. Indeed, she contributed in a scientific and secular war, to the understanding of the Islamic world. Farian Sabahi is an example of culture, freedom, scientific rigour and intellectual honesty. Her international profile honours Turin and its university”.


PUBLICATION LIST
ACADEMIC MONOGRAPHS
2010 Storia dello Yemen (History of Yemen), Bruno Mondadori, Milan
This book is a detailed monograph exploring the history of Yemen from the end of the XIX century up to Abdallah Salah’s presidency. 192 pages, Arabic and English versions forthcoming (2012).
2009 Storia dell’Iran 1890-2008 (History of Iran), Bruno Mondadori, Milan
This book is a detailed monograph exploring the history of Iran from the end of the Qajar dynasty up to the presidential elections of 2009. First edition 2003, second edition 2006, 266 pages.
2006 Islam: l’identità inquieta dell’Europa. Viaggio tra i musulmani d’Occidente, Il Saggiatore, Milan
This book is the result of field-work in the mosques of seven European countries, where the author discussed with the imams and members of the Muslim communities. The main issues are the construction and funding of new mosques, the use of specific cemeteries, halal food, religious education, family law, the veil. Though listed amongst “journalistic books”, this essay is based on original research, that is on interviews with Muslim leaders in France, Switzerland, England, Sweden, Belgium, Germany and Spain. 326 pages.


  1. The Literacy Corps in Pahlavi Iran (1963-1979): political, social and literary implications, Ed. Sapiens, Lugano

This monograph is based on diaries, autobiographies and novels written in Iran by the literacy corpsmen involved in teaching in rural areas (within the so-called White Revolution) during the 1960s and 1970s, on the Iranian and foreign literature read in those two decades by the corpsmen, on documents collected in archives – Public Record Office in London, the National Archives at College Park Maryland, the Foundation of Iranian Studies at Bethesda Maryland, UNESCO archives in Paris, the International Bureau of Education in Geneva – between 1996 and 1999; and on interview held in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Iran, Italy and Pakistan in the same period. The information found in the written sources have been supported with oral history, a methodology particularly relevant in the field of political history. 340 pages.


2000 La pecora e il tappeto: economia tribale in Azerbaigian. Il caso dei nomadi Shahsevan, Ariele, Milan


This monograph is a research, completed under the supervision of the anthropologist Richard Tapper, on the Shahsevan nomads in the Iranian region of Azerbaijan. The book also analyses the case of the White Tent Programme under Muhammad Reza Shah, that is an educational programme brought by the Pahlavi authorities amongst the nomads. The author had done original research in the UNESCO archives in Paris, finding historical material of the 1950s and 1960s. 160 pages.


EDITOR OF THE FOLLOWING ACADEMIC VOLUMES:
2007 The Other Shiites: From the Mediterranean to Central Asia, edited by F. Sabahi, S. Naef and A. Monsutti, Peter Lang, Berna
This book offers a survey of the other Shiite outside Iran, with a focus on their diversity and multiplicity in the last two centuries, the public affirmation of their identities through specific rituals and social attitudes. 266 pages.
2004 The OSCE and the Multiple Challenges of Transition in the Caucasus and Central Asia (1991-2001), edited by F. Sabahi and

D. Warner, Ashgate, Aldershot

In the wake of 9/11 and the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus have moved to the forefront of the international political agenda. At the same time, the events since 9/11 have had a major impact on Central Asia and the Caucasus and external actors’ engagement in the region; 204 pages.


SELECTION OF ARTICLES
ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN ACADEMIC VOLUMES
2012 “The representation of Sunni Islam in the Iranian media”, in Brigitte Maréchal and Sami Zemni (eds), The Dynamics of Sunni-Shia Relationship. Doctrine, Transnationalism, Intellectuals and the Media, Hurst, London (forthcoming)
2006 “La rivoluzione iraniana del 1979 e la prima fase della Repubblica islamica” in Alleanze e conflitti nel cono sud dell’Europa. Il ruolo strategico dell’Italia (ed. by G. Bertolo and G. Romeo), Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, pp. 113-140
2006 “La rivoluzione iraniana del 1979 e la prima fase della Repubblica islamica” in Identità, cultura, civiltà: Europa, America, Islam (ed. by Valentino Baldacci), Florence, pp. 223-242 (after the conference on 28-29 November 2005 in Florence)
1/2004 “Oil diplomacy in the Caspian. The rift between Iran and Azerbaijan in summer 2001” in The OSCE and the Multiple Challenges of Transition in the Caucasus and Central Asia (1991-2001), edited by F. Sabahi and D. Warner, Ashgate, Aldershot, pp 131-148
2003 “The White Tent programme: Tribal Education Under Muhammad Reza Shah”, in Faleh A. Jabar & Hosham Dawod (eds.) Tribes and Power. Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Middle East, Saqi Books, London, pp. 234-253

2002 "L'Islam laico degli albanesi. Un enigma balcanico", in L. Lepri (ed.) Albania questa sconosciuta, Editori Riuniti, Rome, pp. 33-38



  1. Gender and the Army of Knowledge in Pahlavi Iran”, in V. Martin and S. Ansari (eds.), Women, Religion and Culture in Iran, Curzon, Richmond, pp. 99-126


ARTICLES IN ENCYCLOPAEDIAS


  1. Contribution on Iran in Atlante geopolitico Treccani, Istituto della Enciclopedia italiana, Rome




  1. Il Grande Medio Oriente”, in Atlante dei diritti umani, UTET, Torino. “Dichiarazione islamica universale dei diritti umani”, “Islam e diritti umani”, “Islam e azione umanitaria” in Dizionario enciclopedico dei diritti umani, UTET, Torino


2004 “Sepāh-e dāneš”, in Encyclopaedia Iranica (ed. by Ehsan Yarshater)

ARTICLES IN ACADEMIC JOURNALS
2012 Article on «Le sfide dello Yemen dopo le primavera arabe, tra differenze religiose e questione femminile» in the Italian journal Asia Major n. 12 (forthcoming).
Review of the book «In the Lion’s Shadow. The Iranian Schindler and his Homeland in the Second World War» by Fariborz Mokhtari, The History Press (20122) in the Italian journal Historia Magistra directed by Angelo d’Orsi, n. 8. (forthcoming).
8/2005 “Les échange économiques entre l’Italie et l’Iran. La coopération dans le secteur automobile”, in Géostratégique, n. 8 (La politique des Etats de l’Europe et de la Russie au Moyen-Orient), pp. 167-180.

5/2005 “Iranian Youth and Cartoons in the Islamic Republic under President Khatami” in Youth and Youth Culture in the Contemporary Middle East, ed. by Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, Proceedings of the Danish Institute in Damascus III – 2005, Aarhus University Press, pp. 140-154.

2002 “The Literacy Corps in Pahlavi Iran (1963-79)”, in ISIM Newsletter, n.10,p.19
July 2001 “The Literacy Corps in Pahlavi Iran (1963-1979): political, social and literary implications”, in Cemoti, n. 31

16 July 2001 “Interview with Kazempour Ardebili, Ministry of Oil, Iran”, Arab Oil and Gas

April 2001 “Oil defines Iran’s power struggle. The role of Italy in the Iranian energy sector”, in Géostratégique (Institut International d’Études Stratégiques), n. 5





  1. “I nomadi Shâhsevan nel XX secolo: un modello di economia tribale”, in Rivista di Sociologia Urbana e Rurale



PREFACE TO VOLUMES WRITTEN BY COLLEAGUES
2012 Preface to Lorenzo Bagnoli and Richard Nava (eds.), Come fare business in Iran. 100 domande, 100 risposte, Diacron Press, London.
Preface to Valentina Vantaggio, La seduzione del pavone. Le origini dell’alleanza tra Stati Uniti e Iran (1941-1949), Ornitorinco Ed., Milan.
2008 Preface to Bassam Tibi, Con il velo in Europa, Salerno Ed., Roma, pp. VII-XV
2007 Preface to Vali Nasr, La rivincita sciita Iran, Iraq, Libano. La nuova mezzaluna (Italian edition of The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future), Egea-Università Bocconi Editore, Milan, pp. IX-XV

SELECTION OF OTHER ARTICLES

2011 “Islam” in Ritanna Armeni (ed.), Parola di donna, Ponte alle Grazie, Milano, pp. 150-152
2010 “Zoroastrian elements in Dante’s Divina Commedia”, in Dante and Islam, Biblioteca di via Senato, Milan, pp. 31-35
2008 Donne in Iran fra emancipazione e diritti negati, in Cattedra del Mediterraneo. Un percorso attraverso i nodi cruciali dell’area, ed. by V. Trevisan, Centro Pace in Medio Oriente, Milano, pp. 42-49
Donne e Corano: storia di un rapporto ambiguo, Kos (rivista del San Raffaele) n.6

5/2006 “Interview with the Iranian lawyer and activist Mehrangiz Kar on Iranian women and human rights” in East (Europe and Asia Strategies), n. 10
8/2005 “La donna musulmana tra Europa e paesi musulmani”, in Gnosis. Rivista italiana di intelligence, pp. 62-70.
7/2004 “Sì la guerra era giusta, ma ora Bush”, interview with Ayatollah Montazeri, in Liberal Risk. Quaderni di cultura geopolitica, pp. 51-54
2002 “L’istruzione tra religiosi e militari al tempo dello Scià”,Italian and Persian version, in A Oriente.Numero speciale multilingue.Il tempo in Oriente, III,n.7.
5/2002 Update of Henry Laoust, Gli scismi nell’Islam, Ecig, Genova

2001 “Il sistema bancario islamico”, in Etica ed Economia, vol. 2 (2001), n. 2

“Rapporti tra comunità musulmana e Occidente in una prospettiva multiculturale”, in Kéiron, n. 6


“L’inquieta identità degli sciiti iracheni”, Afriche e Orienti, anno 3, n. 1

“L’immigrazione afgana in Iran”, Afriche e Orienti , anno 2, n. 4


Summer 2000 “Siria: le prospettive del dopo-Assad”, “Il Libano tra il ritiro israeliano e la successione di Assad” in Afriche e Orienti, anno 2, n. 2. “Elezioni legislative in Iran: un laico scavalca i turbanti degli ayatollah”, in Afriche e Orienti, anno 2, n. 1
Winter 1999 “Intervista a Muhammad Talbi”, in Afriche e Orienti, anno 1, n. 4
Fall 1999 “Opposizione, vita rurale e cinema pre-rivoluzionario”,

and “Iran, i libri dell’anniversario”, in Afriche e Orienti, anno 1, n. 3



SELECTION OF PAPERS
2012 “The economy of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the eve of the parliamentary elections of 2012”, ISPI (Istituto per gli studi di politica internazionale) Analysis, Milan: http://www.ispionline.it/it/documents/Analysis_99_2012.pdf
2010 “Iran at the Crossroad. The role of the clergy, ISPI Publication, Milan.

http://www.ispionline.it/it/documents/Commentary_Sabahi.pdf

2007 Paper on the Iranian civil society

http://www.cipmo.org/1501-indice-analisi/iran-farian-sabahi.html

Participation to International conferences (only the most relevant are quoted)
2012
17 April: lecture Iran between sanctions and regional upheaval, School of International Relations, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, invited by Prof. Matteo Legrenzi.
27 April: discussant of Elisabetta Galeotti’s paper Gli altri e noi: i valori alla prova dei fatti at the conference Le donne nella crisi italiana organised by Fondazione Nilde Iotti, Rome.
19 April: conference El papel de las mujeres en la revolición árabe at the Italian Institute of Culture, Madrid, with Prof. Gema Martín Muñoz.
20 April: conference El papel de las mujeres en la revolición árabe at Casa Arabe, Cordoba.
20 May: lecture on The Prophet Muhammad and lecture on Apocalyptic Islam and Iranian Shiism at festival èStoria, Gorizia (theme of the festival: Prophets).
21 May: lecture on Il ruolo delle donne all’indomani delle privare arabe e del Nobel per la pace all’attivista yemenita Tawakkul Karman, Polo didattico e culturale di Gorizia, corso di laurea in Scienze internazionali e diplomatiche, corso di Storia e istituzioni dei paesi afroasiatici, Gorizia.
23 May: Lecture Le primavere nella penisola araba e nel Golfo persico, Settimane della politica, Turin, chaired by Prof. Umberto Morelli.
21-22 June: seminar on Yemen (historical and social issues), Locarno Hospital, organised by Centro di Ricerche e Studi in Management Sanitario (Ce.Ri.S.Ma.S.), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.

4 August: ISIS (International Society for Iranian Studies)2012 conference, Istanbul, chair discussant, panel 94: The Politics of Iran’s Domestic Economy and Global Economic Relations, discussants: Peyman Jafari, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam (Netherlands), The Political Economy of Privatization in Iran: State, Power and Class in Transition; Hadi Esfahani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US), Iran and the Global Economy; Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Columbia University (US), Sanctions, Smuggling and the Cigarette: The Granting of Iran OFAC Licenses to Big Tobacco.

27 September: Summer School, Reggio Emilia, course on Islam, women and Muslim immigrants.
12 November: teaching "The Islam factor and its founding elements” (11.00-13.00) e “The Islam factor and Western perceptions” (14.30-16.45) within the course "Stabilization & Reconstruction Senior Management Course (ex Senior Course in PCRM)", POST CONFLICT OPERATIONS STUDY CENTRE (Scuola Applicazione), Torino.
16 November: teaching the course “Democrazia e mutamenti di regime nei Paesi arabi, africani e asiatici”, ISPI, Milan.
20 November: Los derechos de las mujeres en Irán, y cómo les ha condicionado el fracaso del "movimiento verde", Casa Arabe, Cordoba.
21 November: Los derechos de las mujeres en Irán, y cómo les ha condicionado el fracaso del "movimiento verde", Casa Arabe, Madrid.
22 November: Stagioni arabe: una rivoluzione fa primavera?, Circolo di cultura di Mendrisio e dintorni.
28 November: “Il fallimento del movimento verde iraniano e le conseguenze per le donne”, associazione culturale CircolarMente, Avigliana.
4 December: “La faillite du mouvement vert iranien: quelles conséquences pour les droits des femmes?”, within the programme «Monde arabo-musulman: langue, culture et société», Université de Genève.
2011
9 February: round table Tunisia, Egitto, e dopo? with Massimo Campanini, Paolo Magri and Armando Sanguini, ISPI, Milan.

21 February: paper Il ruolo del clero riformista nel dibattito interno alla società civile iraniana in the conference Il ruolo delle società civili asiatiche nella ricostruzione e nella pacificazione organised by Elisa Giunchi, Milan State University.

19 May: lecture Il Medio Oriente: un mondo che cambia, St. Johns American University, Vinovo, Turin.
2010
2 February: lecture Iran at the Crossroads, organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv and the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, at the Auditorium Mivtach Shamir in IDC Herzliya Campus, Israel.
11 February: round table Iran: cambiamento o illusione? with Nina Baheli and Elisa Giunchi, ISPI, Milan.

13-14 March: participation at the round table Women as agents for change in Muslim-majority countries and in the world, organised by Ethnobarometer, hosted by the Rockfeller Foundation, Bellagio.

22 March: conference L’Iran al bivio, University of Valle d’Aosta.
22 May: conference on Iran, èStoria Festival, Gorizia.

18-19 June: paper Diplomatic relations between Iran and Yemen. The economic and religious issues at stake presented at the international conference Iran Confronting 21st Century Challenges / L’Iran face aux défis du XXIème siècle in honour of Prof. Djalili, IUHEI, Geneva.

21 July: paper Satire in Iran: A Long Lasting Challenge Against Censorship against censorship, WOCMES (World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies), Barcelona (within Paolo Branca’s panel on Arab and Islamic Humor).
2009
12 March: paper Society and Politics in Today's Iran at the international conference Iran. Thirty Years on from the Revolution, chaired by Prof. Fred Halliday of the London School of Economics at Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

24-26 April: conference at Biennale Democrazia, Turin.

28 April: round table Iran: elezioni a trent’anni dalla rivoluzione khomeinista, with Elisa Giunchi, Riccardo Redaelli and Anna Vanzan, ISPI, Milan.
5-6 June: presentation of the paper The Revolution of 1979 and the Iranian Jewish Community in Israel. A case study at the international conference Thirty Years On: The Social and Cultural Impacts of the Iranian Revolution convened at Soas, London, by Massoumeh Torfeh and Annabelle Sreberny. A collective volume will be published by I.B. Tauris in 2012.
26 September: conference with the Iranian artist and intellectual Shirin Neshat within Torino Spiritualità, Turin.
27 September: conference with the Iranian politician and intellectual Jamileh Kadivar within Torino Spiritualità, Turin
30 September – 2 October: presentation of the paper Iran, Iranian media and Sunni Islam

At the international conference on Sunni-Shia Contemporary Relations organised in Bruxelles by Brigitte Maréchal (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium) and Sami Zemni (Ghent University, Belgium). The publication of a collective volume is forthcoming in 2012 by Princeton University Press.


10 December: conference on Iran, Monte Verità (Switzerland).
2008

12-13 March: paper on Naser al-Din Shah’s Safarnameh (diary of his trip to Europe in 1873) and his period in Turin with Vittorio Emanuele II, within the international conference Cosmopolitismo di Cavour: la politica, la diplomazia, il territorio, in the section Cavour e la Persia: un modello italiano di politica internazionale (with Luigi Guidobono Cavalchini, Nerio Nesi, Erminia Ortona, Angelo Michele Piemontese, Lucio Villari and Valerio Zanone) at the Italian Institute of Culture, Paris (organised by Premio Grinzane Cavour France).

7 November: conference with the Iranian intellectual Ramin Jahanbegloo, Turin.
2007

9-10 May: participation to a conference on Iran organised by the European Parliament, Bruxelles.


2006

19-20 March: participation to the Arab region Meeting of the Evian Group on Meeting the Challenges of Globalisation. Generating Regional Dynamics & Setting an Agenda, organised in Cairo.


19 May: paper Iran e Asia Centrale: rapporti economici, politici e culturali in the panel Iran, Pakistan e Afghanistan within the conference L’Asia Centrale nelle relazioni internazionali, with Elisa Giunchi (Università degli Studi di Milano) and chaired by Prof. Massimiliano Guderzo, Firenze University, Faculty of Political Sciences.

29 September: lecture Quali diritti delle donne nella Repubblica islamica dell’Iran, Cassino University.



2005
28-29 November: participation do the conference Identità, cultura, civiltà: Europa, America, Islam, Polo Universitario delle Scienze Sociali, Florence University. The paper “La rivoluzione iraniana del 1979 e la prima fase della Repubblica islamica” has been published in the volume Identità, cultura, civiltà: Europa, America, Islam edited by Valentino Baldacci, Florence, 2006.

20 May: participation to the international seminar Iranian Challenges in the lights of the presidential elections of 17 June 2005, organised by Walter Posch at ISS (Institute for Security Studies) in Paris.

30 July: discussant at the international conference Donna, agente segreto della postmodernità. Ha nelle mani più destini. Di persone, di opera, chaired by Derrick De Kerckhove, Gemona del Friuli
3-4 November: participation to the round table Iran´s role in the Greater Middle East. Options for a transatlantic approach, organised by EPC (European Policy Centre), Bruxelles.
2004
12-19 June: series of conference in Turin (Fondazione Sandretto), Milan (Bocconi University), Alessandria (Scuola Allievi di Polizia) with the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Shirin Ebadi.
2003
9 January: paper Libertà di espressione e satira in Medio Oriente. Vignette e politica nella Siria di Bashar e nell’Iran di Khatami, Lugano University.
2002
29-31 January: Lectures on the Middle East at IUHEI, Geneva.
30 March – 3rd April: four lectures on the Middle East given at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.
4 June: conference on Jihad, San Marino University.
20-22 September: participation to the First Young Evian Plenary Meeting. Young Evian Facing Global Challenges: Perspectives to 2014, organised by Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Director, Evian Group and Professor of International Political Economy, IMD.

17-19 October: organisation with the colleague Prof. Silvia Naef of the international conference on Images, representations et perceptions dans les mondes chiites, University of Geneva, editing and publication of the volume The Other Shiites: From the Mediterranean to Central Asia, Peter Lang, Berne.

8 November: chair in the international conference Islam in Switzerland. A Dialogue Between Cultures organised by the Swiss Institute of Culture at the Goethe-Institute in London. Speakers: Francis Piccand (EDA, Political Planning Centre) and Amira Hafner (University of Berne).
13-15 December: paper The Iranian Youth and Cartoons in the Islamic Republic under president Khatami at the international conference Youth and Youth Cultures in the Contemporary Middle East organised by the Danish Institute in Damascus. The paper has been published in the volume Youth and Youth Culture in the Contemporary Middle East, ed. by Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, Aarhus University Press, 2005, pp. 140-154.
2001
20-22 July: paper The failure of Iran’s liberalisation policy: Free trade zones as a non-viable solution to the heavy dependence on oil for the international conference organised by MEEA (Middle East Economic Association) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

7-9 December: organisation of the international conference on the Caucasus and Central Asia, IUHEI, Geneva, and presentation of the paper Oil diplomacy in the Caspian. The rift between Iran and Azerbaijan in summer 2001 later published in the volume The OSCE and the Multiple Challenges of Transition in the Caucasus and Central Asia (1991-2001), edited by F. Sabahi and D. Warner, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2004.


1998
26 January: paper The Role of archives and oral history in the research of education in Pahlavi Iran, presented at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

3-6 November: lectures on the Middle East at Bologna University, with Prof. Piercesare Bori and Prof. Alberto Tarozzi.

1997
6-9 July: presentation of the paper Gender and the Army of Knowledge in Pahlavi Iran at BRISMES conference on Rethinking Islam, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, later published in the volume by V. Martin and S. Ansari (eds.), Women, Religion and Culture in Iran, Curzon, Richmond, 2002.
1994
International conference on Dante e l’Islam on the occasion of the publication of Asin Palasios’s volume Dante e l’Islam, with Maria Corti, Carlo Ossola, Armando Torno, Parma. A revised version of the paper “Zoroastrian elements in Dante’s Divina Commedia”, presented on this occasion has been published in the volume Dante e l’Islam, Biblioteca di via Senato, Milan, 2010 (pp. 31-35).
Research projects and funding
2012 Funding (Sapienza University, Rome) for the English translation of History of Yemen.

  1. Funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to organise the conference on Shi’ism together with Prof. Silvia Naef (Geneva University).




2001 Funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) to organise the conference on the Caucasus and Central Asia at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI).



11/2000-10/2001 Research fellowship from the Graduate Institute of International Studies (IUHEI), Geneva, to work on the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia with Prof. M.-R. Djalili.

11/1999-10/2001 Post-Doctoral scholarship, Faculty of Economics, Bologna University.

8-9/1999 CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome) - NATO Fellowship for Syracuse University, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public, Department of Political Sciences.

3/1999 Central Research Fund, additional field-work award to travel to Iran.
9/1998 Central Research Fund, additional field-work award to travel to Washington D.C. and search the National Archives.
7-9/1997 CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome), fellowship for the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
5/1997 Central Research Fund, additional field-work award to travel to Iran.
9/1996-6/1997 Scholarship from Bologna University for SOAS.
6-8/1996 Scholarship from Columbus University, Ohio, to attend a summer course (Persian language).
9/1995-8/1996 Scholarship from Bari University for SOAS.

JOURNALISM
Since 1994 Farian Sabahi has been writing about Islamic Studies on the cultural supplement La Domenica in the Italian daily IlSole 24 Ore. Since 1997 she has been broadcasting on the Near and Middle East for Swiss Radio.
JOURNALISTIC BOOK


  1. Un’estate a Teheran, Laterza, Rome

This book is made of 22 chapters with interviews with the Iranian clergy and civil society, i.e. members of NGOs in Teheran, hojatolleslam Mohsen Kadivar, hojatolleslam Youssefi Eshkefari and Ayatollah Montazeri. Though listed amongst “journalistic books, this essay is based on original research with Muslim leaders and Iranian intellectuals based in Tehran and Qum. 144 pages.




DOCUMENTARY MOVIES

2008 Out of Place (23’) is the story of an Iranian woman belonging to the Jewish community of Tehran who, after the Revolution of 1979, decides to leave and move to Israel. Many years later, sitting in her home in Petat Tikva, near Tel Aviv, she regrets her choice. She misses the warmth of the Iranian people and expresses a desire to return to Iran, where her brother and sisters still live. Rachel’s is the story of an immigrant mother with multiple identities. The story of a woman who suffers a deep loss. She thought she had found her ideal homeland, but it did not live up to her expectations and now, because of her son’s death, she almost hates it. Rachel is a strong woman. She suffers and feels responsible for the choice she imposed on her husband and sons. Her spouse is a minor figure, less aggressive but nevertheless he has his own dignity. In this story, the impulsive young woman contrasts with the thoughtful adult. The filmmaker deliberately leaves the difficult relationship between the Islamic Republic and the Jewish State in the background while her story triggered by the Iranian revolution develops. Broadcast on TV Channel SkyTg24 and presented in festivals in Turin, Rome, Genoa, Verona, Milan, London, Tel Aviv.


2008 Che ne facciamo di Teheran? (What can we do with Teheran?, 20’) realized in Israel and broadcast on 6 August 2008 at 11 pm on the satellite channel RaiNews24 (www.rainews24.it)



  1. Minareto mille punti (on the controversial construction of a mosque in Colle Val D’Elsa, Siena, funded by the Foundation Monte dei Paschi) with E. Camurri, directed by P. Raschillà, produced by S. Pistolini







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