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Armenian Christians in Iran: Ethnicity, Religion and Identity in the Islamic Republic

Dr James Barry has published his new book on Armenian Christians in Iran with Cambridge University Press. The book can be purchased here.

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Book Review: The Legacy of Iraq

A/Prof Ben Isakhan’s edited volume The Legacy of Iraq has received a favourable review from Dr Tristan Dunning in Australian Outlook. Read the review here.

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After the big protests in Basra, what’s next?

A/Prof Ben Isakhan and Pete Mulherin have published an OpEd in The Washington Post. Read the full text here.

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Shi’i division over the Iraqi state

A/Prof Ben Isakhan and Pete Mulherin have published a new paper in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies on the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq. Read the full text here.

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Preventing of Violent Extremism through Education (PVE-E) in South and SE Asia

Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed will be travelling to Kuala Lumpur this week to participate in a Regional Capacity Building Workshop on PVE-E, organised by the UNDP, Hedayah, the EU and the Commonwealth.

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New review of Dr Niamat Ibrahimi’s book

Dr Niamat Ibrahimi’s book The Hazaras and the Afghan State: Rebellion, Exclusion and Struggle for Recognition (Hurst, 2017) was reviewed by Bijan Omrani in Asian Affairs. Read the review here.

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Shepparton most accepting community of Muslims in country, study

Prof Ishan Yilmaz and Dr James Barry’s latest research on community cohesion found that the regional city of Shepparton is ‘a welcoming and cohesive community.’ Read about their findings in the Shepparton News.

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Prof Akbarzadeh discusses Iran at University of Melbourne

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh discussed what it was like living in Iran during the revolution to students of Crisis Zone: Islam and Resistance at the University of Melbourne.

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Dr Dara Conduit’s PhD thesis is finalist for TRI Thesis Award

Dr Dara Conduit’s PhD thesis on the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria was recognised by the Terrorism Research Initiative as a finalist for its annual thesis award! Dr Conduit was awarded her PhD by Monash University, where she also won the Social and Political Sciences program 2017 Best Thesis Prize.

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Polling in authoritarian climates

Dr Dara Conduit gave a paper at the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) on the opinion polling that took place in Iran in the lead-up to the 2017 presidential election.

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