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Daniella Farah

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Daniella Farah

MA, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
BA, International Studies, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, 2010

I am a PhD candidate in Jewish History, specializing in the social and cultural histories of the Jews of the modern Middle East, specifically those of Iran and Turkey in the twentieth century.

My doctoral dissertation examines the construction of a modern Iranian Jewish identity. I focus specifically on the themes of national belonging, education, assimilation, and youth movements among the various Jewish communities of Iran from the 1910s to the 1980s. I am particularly interested in ascertaining to what extent Iranian Jews integrated into the larger Iranian society and how that integration was facilitated. My dissertation will also document how the identity of those Jews who left Iran in the 1970s and ‘80s evolved in the diaspora.