Roya Akhavan, “Tahirih: Beyond Emancipation”
Sunday, August 19
Previous research on the life and contributions of Táhirih has long framed her as a herald of emancipation for women. Based on an in-depth study of Táhirih’s own poetic discourse as well as the Bahá’í writings, this presentation will focus on illuminating the true meaning of Táhirih’s symbolic actions, including her removal of the veil at Badasht. The primary thesis of this presentation is that Táhirih’s role and station in human and religious history goes far beyond being a herald of emancipation for women.
Dr. Roya Akhavan currently serves as Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the Department of Mass Communications, St. Cloud State University. In addition to research and publication in the field of international mass communication, Dr. Akhavan has maintained a research interest in peace studies. She is a frequent speaker at national and international forums on gender issues, the root causes of war, and spirituality in the 21st century. Her most recent work is a book entitled Peace for Our Planet: A New Approach (Calumet Editions: 2017).
Dr. Akhavan has lived and worked in four different cultures: Persian, American, Japanese, and Chinese. She currently lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota.