Dr. Soli Shahvar

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Higher Education

1991-1996 – PHD in University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Dept. of History

1986-1991 – MA in Tel Aviv University, Dept of Middle Eastern and African History

1984-1986 – BA in Tel Aviv University, Dept of Middle Eastern and African History & Dept of Political Science.

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Scientific Books (Refereed)

Authored Books - Published

  1. Soli Shahvar. The Forgotten Schools: The Baha'is and Modern Education in Iran, 1899-1934. London & New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers, 2009. 272pp.

Reviewed by:

Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, Iranian Studies 46, 4 (2013): 685-688.

Amin Banai, Journal of Baha'i Studies 40, 1/4 (2010): 93-96.

Amin Banani, Payam-i Baha'i 408 (November 2013/170 BE): 25-27.

Sally Weeks, One Country 20, 4 (December 2009-March 2010): 15-16.

  1. Soli Shahvar. Madaris-i faramush-shodih: Baha'iyan va amuzish va parvarish-i nuvin dar Iran, 1899-1934. Spånga, Sweden: Baran, 2013. 518pp. (in Persian(

[An expansion and translation of the The Forgotten Schools: The Baha'is and Modern Education in Iran, 1899-1934. Additional material and further analysis have been added to this Persian version.

Reviewed by: Nushin Shahrokhi, Akhbar-i Ruz [News of the Day – a political-cultural journal in Persian], 2 Bahman 1392/22 January 2014, at: http://www.akhbar-rooz.com/article.jsp?essayId=57856

  1.  Soli Shahvar, Boris Morozov, Gadi Gilbar. The Baha’is of Iran, Transcaspia and the Caucasus. 2 vols. London & New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers, 2011.

     Vol. 1: Letters of Russian Officers and Officials (290 pp.)

     Vol. 2: Reports and Correspondence of Russian Officials (234 pp.)

Reviewed by:

Arpine Arushanian, Iran and the Caucasus 17 (2013): 1.

Stephanie Cronin, Asian Affairs 45, 1 (2014): 144-146. At:    http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03068374.2014.874691

Sayyid Miqdad Nabavi Razavi, Fasl-namih-yi Naqd-i Kitab: Iran va Islam [Book Review Periodical: Iran and Islam] 1 (1-2) (Spring & Summer 1393/2014): 189-256. (in Persian), at: http://irisbr.faslnameh.org/browse.php?a_id=30&slc_lang=fa&sid=1&ftxt=1

 Edited Books, Series, and Special Journal Issues

Published

  1. Soli Shahvar and Eran Segal, eds. The Persian Gulf: New Directions in Interdisciplinary Research. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing – Academic Series, 2014. (in Hebrew)         

Reviewed by: Menahem Merhavi, Ha-Mizrach ha-Chadash 54 (2015): 224-226.

  1. Soli Shahvar, ed., Shirat Rumi: Shirim mi ha Mathnavi u-prakim beh-haguto shel Jalal al-Din Rumi [Rumi's Poetry: Poems from the Mathnavi and Chapters in Jalal al-Din Rumi's Thought], translated with introduction and annotation by Moshe Menasheof, Tel Aviv: Ktav Web Publishing Ltd., 2013 (no.1 in Iran Culture Series; series academic editor: Soli Shahvar)(the book won the Mif‘al ha-Payis prize). 192pp. (in Hebrew)
  1. Soli Shahvar, ed. Pninim mi-ha-shira ha-Parsit [Pearls from Persian Poetry], vol. 1, translated by R. Chaim and annotated by Soli Shahvar. Tel Aviv: Ktav Web Publishing Ltd., 2014 (no.2 in Iran Culture Series; series academic editor: Soli Shahvar) (the book won the Mif‘al ha-Payis prize). 150 pp.
  1. Soli Shahvar, ed. Pninim mi-ha-shira ha-Parsit [Pearls from Persian Poetry], vol. 2, translated by R. Chaim and annotated by Soli Shahvar. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing Ltd., 2015 (no.3 in Iran Culture Series; series academic editor: Soli Shahvar) (the book won the Mif‘al ha-Payis prize). 216 pp.
  1. Soli Shahvar, ed. Hosein ha-Kurdi mi-Shabestar (Agada ‘Amamit Iranit) [Hosein the Kurd from Shabestar (A Popular Iranian Tale)], translated from Mohammad Hosein Khonsari's Hosein-e Kord-e Shabestari (1340 AH/1921) by R. Chaim and annotated by Soli Shahvar. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing Ltd., 2016 (no.4 in Iran Culture Series; series academic editor: Soli Shahvar) (the book won the Mif‘al ha-Payis Prize). 260 pp.
  1. Soli Shahvar, ed. Pninim mi-ha-Shira ha-Parsit [Pearls from Persian Poetry], vol. 3, translated by R. Chaim and annotated by Soli Shahvar. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing Ltd., 2016 (no.5 in Iran Culture Series; series academic editor: Soli Shahvar). 149 pp.
  1. Soli Shahvar, ed. Yamim Meshunim Hem Eleh, Yafati: Kovetz mi-ha-Shira ha-Modernit be-Iran [Bizarre Times Are These, Darling: A Collection from Modern Iranian Poetry], translated from Persian: Orly Noy, edited and annotated, with an introductory article by Soli Shahvar. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing Ltd – The Academic Series, 2018 (no. 6 in Iran Culture Series; series academic editor: Soli Shahvar). 199 pp.

Accepted and Forthcoming

  1. Soli Shahvar. The University of Haifa Lectures in Baha'i Studies. Waterloo, ON, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press - Baha'i Studies Series (forthcoming 2019).

Articles in Refereed Journals

Published

  1. Soli Shahvar. "Concession Hunting in the Age of Reform: British Companies and the Search for Government Guarantees; Telegraph Concessions through Ottoman Territories, 1855- 1858." Middle Eastern Studies 38, 4 (October 2002): 169-193.
  2. Soli Shahvar. "Tribes and Telegraphs in Lower Iraq: The Muntafiq and the Baghdad-Basrah Telegraph Line of 1863-1865." Middle Eastern Studies 39, 1 (January 2003): 89-116.
  3. Soli Shahvar. "Communications, Qajar Irredentism and the Strategies of British India: The Makran Coast Telegraph and British Policy of Containing Persia in the East (Baluchistan) – Part I." Iranian Studies 39, 3 (September 2006): 329-351.
  4. Soli Shahvar. "Communications, Qajar Irredentism and the Strategies of British India: The Makran Coast Telegraph and British Policy of Containing Persia in the East (Baluchistan) – Part II." Iranian Studies 39, 4 (December 2006): 569-595.
  5. Soli Shahvar. "Lo Scontro con l’Iran Ora è Piu Probabile." Limes – Rivisita Italiana di Geopolitica, Quaderno Speciale no. 2 (2006): 105-114. (in Italian)
  6. Soli Shahvar. "Why Israel Should Talk with Tehran (while Arming its Missiles)." Heartland – EurAsian Review of Geopolitics 2 (2006): 27-35.
  7. Soli Shahvar. "Iron Poles, Wooden Poles: The Electric Telegraph and the Ottoman-Iranian Boundary Conflict, 1863-1865." The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 34, 1 (April 2007): 23-42.
  8. Soli Shahvar: "Iran, Il Giorno Dopo: La Guerra che non Conviene." Limes – Rivisita Italiana di Geopolitica 1 (2008): 1-14. (in Italian)
  9. Soli Shahvar. "The Islamic Regime in Iran and Its Attitude towards the Jews: The Religious and Political Dimensions." Immigrants and Minorities 27, 1 (March 2009): 82-117.
  10. Soli Shahvar. "Bayn-i Tamjid va Nifrat: Madaris-i Baha'i dar Iran" [Between Praise and Hatred: Baha'i Schools in Iran]. Payam-i Baha'i 386 (January 2012): 20-24. (in Persian)
  11. Soli Shahvar. "Shah and Sultan, Khan and Sirdars in the Age of Modern Imperial Communications: The Karachi-Gwadar Telegraph Line in Mid-Nineteenth Century." Ha-Mizrach ha-Chadash 54 (2015): 42-70. (in Hebrew)
  12. Soli Shahvar and Emil Abramoff. "Russian Archival Sources for the Study of the Iranian Communist Party: The pre-Tudeh Years, 1917-1942." British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 43, 3 (2016): 378-402.
  13. Soli Shahvar. "Sim-i Nifaq: Engelis, Khatt-i Telgraf-i Hind va Urupa va Munaqishih-yi Marzi-yi ‘Usmani va Iran dar Nimeh-yi Qarn-i Nuzdahom" [Line of Dissention: Britain, the Indo-European Telegraph Line and the mid-19th Century Border Dispute between Iran and the Ottoman Empire]. Iran Namag, Series 2, 1, 1 (Nowruz/Spring 2016): 328-362. (in Persian)
  14. Soli Shahvar. "Tajaddud, Baha̕ iyyat va Mas’alih-yi Amuzish va Parvarish-i Nuvin dar Iran-i Avakhir-i ‘Ahd-i Qajar va Avayel-i Pahlavi" [Modernity, Baha'ism and the Question of Modern Education in Iran in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Periods]. Khushih-ha-’i az Kharman-i Adab va Honar 19 (2016): 119-136. (in Persian)
  15. Soli Shahvar and Ashkan Safaei Hakimi. "Iranian dar Esra'il: Az Mohajerat ta Eddegham" [Iranians in Israel: From Immigration to Absorption." Ghalamro 1 (Bahman 1395/January-February 2017): 107-114. (in Persian)
  16. Soli Shahvar. "Where Modern Communication Technology, Border Conflict and Macro and Micro Diplomacy Meet: The Background for the Construction of the Qasr-i Shirin – Khanaqin Telegraph Line in mid-Nineteenth Century." Ha-Mizrach ha-Chadash 56 (Tash'a"z/2017): 39-64. (in Hebrew)
  17. Soli Shahvar. "An Officer and an Orientalist: Alexander Grigorevich Tumanskii and His Contribution to Russian Historiography on and Policy towards the Babi-Baha‘i Religion", Baha'i Studies Review 20 (2014): 3-19.
  18. Soli Shahvar. "Oppression of Religious Minority Groups in Times of Great Upheaval in Late Qajar Iran: The 1892 Persecution of the Jewish and Baha'is of Jewish Origin Communities of Hamadan (based on two newly discovered letters)." The Jewish Quarterly Review 108, issue 2, (Spring 2018): 225-251.

    Accepted for Publication and Forthcoming

  19. Soli Shahvar. "A Reformist, A Diplomat and A Benevolent Merchant: Haji Mirza Sayyid Muhammad-Taqi Shirazi (Afnān), the Shirazi Trading House and the Propagation of the Babi-Baha'i Faith," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (article acceptance email from the editor sent 11 Sep 2018)
  20. Soli Shahvar and M. Sepahan. "Grassroots Diplomacy in Practice: Initiatives by Israeli Civilians at Bridging the Divide with the Iranian People", Israel Affairs

Articles or Chapters in Scientific Books (Refereed)

Published

  1. Soli Shahvar. "Iran, 1925-1946." In The Middle East Between the World Wars, ed. Haggai Erlich. Tel Aviv: The Open University, 2003, part 2, vol. 5: 251-286. (in Hebrew)
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Technology, Diplomacy and European Economic Enterprise in mid Nineteenth Century Ottoman Middle East: The Indo-European Telegraph Line and the Clash of the Anglo-Ottoman Interests." In Turkey: The Ottoman Past and the Republican Present, eds. Michael Winter and Miri Sheffer. Tel Aviv: The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern & African Studies and the Dept. for Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University: 211-245. (in Hebrew)
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Farsi: The Modernization Process and the Advent of English." In Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages, eds. Judith Rosenhouse and Rotem Kowner, Clevedon, U.K.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Ontario, Canada: Multilingual Matters, 2008: 187-207.
  1. Soli Shahvar. "The Baha'i Faith and Its Communities in Iran, Transcaspia and the Caucasus." In Shahvar et al., The Baha’is of Iran, Transcaspia and the Caucasus. London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2011, vol. 1: 1-47. (Notes on 211-222).
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Introduction." In The Persian Gulf: New Directions in Interdisciplinary Research, ed. S. Shahvar & E. Segal. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing – Academic Series, 2014: 9-37. (in Hebrew)
  1. Soli Shahvar. " 'Pearl of the World': The Historical and Contemporary Importance of the Persian Gulf." In The Persian Gulf: New Directions in Interdisciplinary Research, ed. S. Shahvar and E. Segal. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing – Academic Series, 2014: 9-37. (in Hebrew)
  1. Soli Shahvar and Emil Abramoff. "The Khan, the Shah and the Tsar: The Khanate of Talesh and Its Maneuverings between Iran and Russia, 1747-1826." In Russians in Iran: Diplomacy and Power in the Qajar Era and Beyond, ed. Rudi Matthee and Elena Andreeva. London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2018: 24-48.
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Between the Qajars and the Islamic Republic: Modern Persian Poetry as a Mirror for the Ills and Aspirations of the Iranian Society in Iran and in Exile." In Bizarre Times Are These, Darling: A Collection from Modern Iranian Poetry , translated from Persian by Orly Noy, edited and annotated by Soli Shahvar. Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing Ltd – The Academic Series, 2018: 9-19.

Forthcoming

  1. Soli Shahvar. "Introduction." In The University of Haifa Lectures in Baha'i Studies, ed. Soli Shahvar. Waterloo, ON, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press - Baha'i Studies Series (forthcoming 2019).
  1. Soli Shahvar. "The Process of Modernizing Education in Iran during the 19th and Early 20th Centuries and the Role of the Baha'i Religious Minority Therein." In The University of Haifa Lectures in Baha'i Studies, ed. Soli Shahvar. Waterloo, ON, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press - Baha'i Studies Series (forthcoming 2019).

 Entries in Encyclopedias - Refereed

 Published

  1. Soli Shahvar. "First Telegraph Lines in Persia." The Encyclopaedia Iranica – Online Edition, ed. Ehsan Yarshater. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2009.

Available at:

http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/telegraph-i-first-telegraph-lines-in-persia

  1. Soli Shahvar. "First Railroad Built and Operated in Persia." The Encyclopaedia Iranica – Online Edition, ed. Ehsan Yarshater. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2008.

Available at: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/railroads-i

  1. Soli Shahvar. "Shirazi, Haji Mirza Sayyid Muhammad-Taqi." Encyclopaedia Iranica – online Edition, ed. Ehsan Yarshater. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2016.

Available at: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/mohammad-taqi

Other Scientific Publications

Published

  1. Book review in ha-Mizrah ha-Hadash 42 (2002): 284-87 (in Hebrew) on: David Menashri, Revolution at a Crossroads: Iran's Domestic Politics and Regional Ambitions, Washington, D.C.: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1997 (in Hebrew).
  1. Book review in The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 4, 3 (2010): 171-73, on: Haggai Ram, Iranophobia: The Logic of an Israeli Obsession, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009.
  1. Book review in Bustan: The Middle East Book Review 3, 1 (2012): 87-90, on: The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-Historical Studies, ed. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw and Seena Fazel, Routeledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies, vol. 12, London: Routeledge, 2008.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1163/187853012x633580

  1. Book review in Journal of Baha'i Studies 21, 1 (April 2011): 99-103, on: The Baha'is of Iran: Socio-Historical Studies, ed. Dominic Parviz Brookshaw and Seena Fazel, Routeledge Advances in Middle East and Islamic Studies, vol. 12, London: Routeledge, 2008.
  1. Book review in The International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (IJMES) 45 (2013): 623-624, on: Mehrdad Amanat, Jewish Identities in Iran: Resistance and Conversion to Islam and the Baha'i Faith, Library of Modern Religions 9, London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2011.
  1. Book review in Journal of Baha'i Studies, on: Mehrdad Amanat, Jewish Identities in Iran: Resistance and Conversion to Islam and the Baha'i Faith, London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2011.
  1. Book review in The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 9, 2 (2015) on: Matthias Kuntzel's, Germany and Iran: From the Aryan Axis to the Nuclear Treshold, translated from the German by Colin Meade, Candor: Telos Press Publishing, 2014.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23739770.2015.1055677

  1. Book review in The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 11, 1 (2017): 123-126, on: Thomas Juneau's Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical Realism and Iranian Foreign Policy, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23739770.2017.1287648 

  1. Book review in Canadian Journal of History 51, 2 (Autumn 2016): 411-412 on: Farzin Vejdani's, Making History in Iran: Education, Nationalism, and Print Culture, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015.
  1. Book review in Jamaʻa Journal 23 (Tasha"z/2017): 211-216 on: Nadia von Maltzehn's, The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East, London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2017 (in Hebrew).

 Other Works and Publications

  1. Soli Shahvar. "Iran: Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jews and the Western World.” In Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jewish People and the Western World, conducted in the Palestinian Authority, the Arab World and Iran, ed. Reuven Erlich (Intelligence and Terrorism's Information Bulletin No. 1). Herzliya: The Center for Special Studies, January 2002: 41-54.
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Iran: Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jews and the Western World.” In Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jewish People and the Western World, conducted in the Palestinian Authority, the Arab World and Iran, ed. Reuven Erlich (Intelligence and Terrorism's Information Bulletin No. 2) Herzliya: The Center for Special Studies, March 2002: 67-79.
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Anti-Semitism in the Islamic Republic of Iran." In 'Hate Industry': Anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist and anti-Jewish Literature in the Arab and Muslim Worlds (Intelligence and Terrorism's Information Bulletin no. 4) Herzliya: Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies, September-November 2002, in 2 parts, pt. 1: 14-16 and pt. 2: 52-60.
  1. Soli Shahvar. "Pishgoftar" [Foreword] in Homayoun Ebrahimi, Sepahsalar, Tel Aviv: Raʻyon, 2014: 9-15. (in Persian)
  1. Bi-monthly reports of the Tehran-Haifa-Tel Aviv (TeHTel) Persian site (which belongs to the Ezri Center), ed. Soli Shahvar, for the period 2012-2016 (see: tehtel.com)
  1. Bi-monthly publication of the Ezri Center titled The Persian Gulf Observer, ed. Soli Shahvar, for the period 2013 to present.

 (see: http://gulfc.haifa.ac.il/index.php/publications/the-persian-gulf-observer)

  1. Bi-monthly publication of the Ezri Center titled The Ezri Center's Newsletter, ed. Soli Shahvar, for the period 2013-2015.

(see: http://gulfc.haifa.ac.il/index.php/publications/321-the-ezri-center-newsletter )

Participation in Documentary Films

  1. Participation in the documentary film titled Taboo-ye Irani [Iranian Taboo] (2011, directed by Reza Allamehzadeh, an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker).

http://news.bahai.org/story/890

http://iranian-studies.stanford.edu/media/video/documentary_film_screening_iranian_taboo_by_reza_allamehzadeh_english_subtitles

  1. Participation in the documentary film titled Madares-e Tarbiyat [The Tarbiyat Schools] (2013, under the supervision of Dr. Iraj Khademi & Dr. Armin Eschraghi)(1 hour: 29 minutes: 15 seconds)

http://aasoo.org/multimedia/videos/5/

 Organization of Academic Exhibitions

  1. The United Arab Emirates: From Periphery to the Center, launched in March 30th, 2017, at the University of Haifa, the Eshkol Tower's Gallery, 2nd The exhibition was presented till 22 March 2018 (with Ms. Moran Zaga and Eran Segal).

 

 

 

 

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