Iran

Taslimi Foundation is particularly committed to the promotion and study of the history, the culture, and the challenges facing Iran in the past and in the present. These are some of the programs and projects we support, specifically oriented towards Iranian content:

A Persian language web magazine with a growing readership, aaSoo.org explores important social trends, political debates, and cultural events taking place in Iran.  It seeks to promote open and inclusive discussion on contemporary issues affecting Iranian society, with a focus on minorities and human rights.  aaSoo.org offers high quality texts, investigative journalism, in-depth interviews, book reviews of the best literature published internationally and various other multimedia features.

This microsite in aaSoo.org is dedicated to ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the son of the founder of the Baha’i Faith.  It presents exclusive multimedia content on the life and the philosophy of this towering but little known historical figure, exploring the visionary impact his personality and the intellectual contribution of his ideas to modern Iranian thought.

This is a digital archive bringing together thousands of documents about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran.  Most of these documents are being made public for the first time.  The processing and publication of this extensive collection is on-going but while still incomplete the archive is already searchable, with images and texts that can be downloaded in Persian and English. The aim of this Archive is to provide reliable and accessible source documents related to the persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran.

This is an on-going collection of interviews, witness accounts, and documentary evidence on the persecution of Baha’is in Iran to be published on-line and in book form.

Film and documentary projects are funded by the Taslimi Foundation in partnership with leading Iranian film-makers, to reach people in Iran and Iranian communities around the world.

Years of Fear, a personal tale, by Amin Zargham, about his recollections of persecution culminating with the destruction of a Baha’i sacred place, the house of the Bab in Shiraz.

Iranian Revolutionary Justice, a documentary by BBC on summary trials and executions in Iran.

To Light a Candle (date), a documentary by Maziar Bahari, highlighting the persecution of Baha’is in Iran through personal stories of people involved in the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE).

Iranian Taboo, documentary by Reza Allamehzadeh on the persecution of Bahai’s in Iran.

Face to Face – At the Threshold of a Cold Season, play by Niloofar Beyzaie on the tale of two prominent Iranian women a century apart, Tahirih and Forough Farrokhzad, each a beacon of women’s rights in their time

Established in (date?) at the department of Iranian Studies at UCLA, this lectureship endowment provides for an academic program of study about the Baha’i religion, its history, its writings, its beliefs and its current activities.  The current lecture of this program is…

Taslimi Foundation has also endowed the position of Visiting Scholar on the Baha’i Faith at at Harvard University, (date?) The current Visiting Scholar is…