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The Persian Cultural Foundation Co-Sponsors two international conferences: Bringing scholars and friends together from around the globe


Clifton, New Jersey—August 22, 2006 - One of the major hallmarks of the Persian Cultural Foundation (PCF) is its commitment to the facilitation of processes and forums that ensure that society remains appreciatively cognizant of Persia's multifaceted historical and contemporary contributions to the world civilization.  Recently, PCF co-sponsored two international conferences that further demonstrated its commitment to promoting and showcasing the Persian cultural heritage both nationally and internationally. 


Although a hundred years have passed since the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906, the Revolution still remains the subject of a whole range of different interpretations, and it still raises a great many unanswered questions.  On July 30, 2006 in Oxford, scholars, professors and the media convened at the University of Oxford to begin the three-day Centenary Conference on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution In addition to discussing the many different merits and interpretations of the Revolution, many unanswered questions were discussed. Questions such as: What was the nature of the revolution? To what extent did it transform Iranian society and in which ways did Iranian society remain unaffected? What role did imperial actors play in the course of the revolution? What was the extent of the revolution's global influence?  While no one can surely say that all the questions have been sufficiently answered, this year’s conference definitely served as springboard for more interpretations and questions that will be discussed when the conference convenes again next year. Dr. David Rahni delivered this year’s keynote address. Dr. Rahni is a PCF Advisory Board Member and the Co-founder and member of the board of the Iranian-American Anti-Discrimination Council. Dr. Rahni is a professor of Chemistry at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.


Immediately after the Centenary Conference on the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in Oxford, the Sixth International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies begins in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


The purpose of the ISIS Biennial Conference was to discuss and review contributions in all fields of Iranian studies, especially new areas of investigation and/or novel approaches to traditional fields. This year’s Sixth ISIS Biennial Conference featured more than 300 presentations spread across 80 plus panels. Panel topics included: Achaemenid Era, Agrarian Transition, Ancient Art, Anthropology, Anti Semitism/Bahaism, Archaeology, Arsacid Era, Christian/Safavid Relations, Cinema, Clergy, Culture and Cultural Policies, Demography, Diaspora, Economic Growth and Development, Education, Far East/Persian Relations, Foreign Perceptions, Gender, Geography, Historiography, History from Below, Languages, Literature (classic, contemporary, mystic, epic), NGOs, Pahlavi Era, Politics and Political Culture, Public Opinion, , Science and Technology (ancient and modern), Secularism and Urban Change.  Dr. Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak, ISIS Past President and PCF Advisory Board Member delivered this year’s keynote address. Dr. Karimi-Hakkak is also the Director of the Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.


Both conferences not only served as an arena for scholars from around the world to come together and share their thoughts and views on the many different interpretations and outcomes of the Revolution and the contributions in all fields of Iranian studies. But it was also an opportunity for many to get many friends and colleagues to catch up with each other.


The Persian Cultural Foundation (PCF) is non-profit organization located in Clifton, New Jersey. PCF was founded to initiate, encourage, support and propagate community endeavors and cultural activities, which in turn promote and showcase Persian cultural heritage, and bring about national and international recognition to this unique heritage of the world. For more information about PCF or upcoming events and activities, please log onto



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