Miss Moran Zaga

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Moran Zaga is a research fellow at Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies. She is a PhD student and a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Haifa. Her main research interests include international boundaries and geopolitics of the Middle East, focusing on the Arab Gulf Countries. Moran’s dissertation deals with the significance of boundaries in the history of the Arab World. Moran is also a research fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking and a policy fellow at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.

Education

2018               PhD student in Geography, University of Haifa.

2012               MA (Magna cum Laude) in Geography, Tel Aviv University.  

2007               BA in Geography and History of the Middle East, Tel Aviv University.

Publications:

Zaga M. and Zeidel R. (forthcoming 2018). “Characterizing the language boundaries of the Arab Middle East and North Africa: A geolinguistic analysis”. In Stanley D. Brunn and Roland Kehrein, Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Springer.

Dr. Soli Shahvar

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Building: Eshkol Tower

Floor: 23rd

Phone: 972-4-8240758

Fax: 972-4-8240509

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Personal page/Website: 

http://mideast.haifa.ac.il/index.php/he/depoffice-2/dep-staff1/segel-academi/4-so-sh

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. D. Dissertation

“The Formation of the Indo-European Telegraph Line: Britain, the Ottoman Empire and Persia, 1855-1865” (PhD thesis, S.O.A.S., University of London, 1997); 558 pp. [Supervised by Prof. Malcolm E. Yapp and Dr. R. M. Burrell].

  1. Scientific Books (Refereed)

          Authored Books - Published

  1. 'The Forgotten Schools': The Baha'is and Modern Education in Iran, 1899-1934. London & New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers, 2009
  • Reviewed by Jasamin Rostam-Kolayi, Iranian Studies 46, 4 (2013): 685-688.
  • Reviewed by Amin Banai, Journal of Baha'i Studies 40, 1/4 (2010): 93-96.
  • Reviewed by Amin Banani, Payam-i Baha'i 408 (November 2013/170b): 25-27.

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

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

  1. Soli Shahvar, Boris Morozov, Gadi Gilbar. The Baha’is of Iran, Transcaspia and the Caucasus.

      Vol. I: Letters of Russian Officers and Officials

 (*) Vol. II: Reports and Correspondence of Russian Officials

Translated, annotated and edited, with detailed introductions. London & New York: I. B. Tauris Publishers, 2011 (290+234 pp) [authors name appear according to their relative contribution]

  • Reviewed by Arpine Arushanian, Iran and the Caucasus 17 (2013): 114.

[This book was listed under my previous degree, in spite of my protests, simply because any research on it had not yet been done by then. However, due to its importance and novelty, the publisher drafted a preliminary agreement. All the research, collection of material and writing of the book was done after my previous degree, and the book was published only in 2011, with changes in the agreement. It was originally planned to be a single volume, but it was decided later to expand it and thus an additional volume was added, which was not included in the original contract, and this also explains the relatively late publication.

As to the book itself, it composes of three articles, which form the introduction to the volumes, followed by the translation and detailed annotation and analysis of the documents, which were collected from various archives in Moscow and St Petersburg. The book's importance is in its introducing fresh and previously unused material in Russian, pertaining not only to the field of Baha'i studies (i.e., the development of the Baha'i faith in Iran and the surrounding region, relation between Baha'is and other religious minorities, attitude of the Russian authorities towards the Baha'is of Iran compared to those under their control, conversion to the Baha'i faith, etc.), but also to the historiography and studies on Iran, Russia, Transcaspia and the Caucasus, as well as to Iran-Russia relations, Russian designs in Iran, etc.

The lion share of the project was conducted by myself.

   

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

Books – Academic Editor & Series Editor

See under "Other Scientific Publications"

  1. Articles in Refereed Journals

Published

1.'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 vol. 38, no. 4 (October 2002), pp. 169-193.

    

  1. 'Tribes and Telegraphs in Lower Iraq: The Muntafiq and the Baghdad-Basrah Telegraph Line of 1863-1865', Middle Eastern Studies vol. 39, no. 1 (January 2003), pp. 89-116.
  1. '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, no. 3 (September 2006), pp. 329-351.
  1. '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, no. 4 (December 2006), pp. 569-595
  1. 'Lo Scontro con l’Iran Ora è Piu Probabile', Limes – Rivisita Italiana di Geopolitica, Quaderno Speciale no. 2 (2006), pp. 105-114 (in Italian).
  1. 'Why Israel Should Talk with Tehran (while Arming its Missiles),' Heartland – EurAsian Review of Geopolitics 2 (2006), pp. 27-35.
  1. 'Iron Poles, Wooden Poles: The Electric Telegraph and the Ottoman-Iranian Boundary Conflict, 1863-1865', The British Journal of Middle East Studies 34, no. 1 (April 2007), pp. 23-42.

  1. 'Iran, Il Giorno Dopo: La Guerra che non Conviene', Limes – Rivisita Italiana di Geopolitica, vol. 1 (2008), pp. 1-14 (in Italian).
  1. '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.
  1. '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).

Forthcoming

     

  1.  '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)
  1. '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)', Jewish Quarterly Review 106 (2016)
  1. '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 (in Hebrew)
  1. 'Tajaddud, Baha'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 Hunar (in Persian(
  1. 'Russian Archival Sources for the Study of the Iranian Communist Party: The pre-Tudeh Years, 1917-1942', British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies

Submitted

 

  1. 'Where Modern Communication Technology, Border Conflict and Macro and Micro Diplomacy Converge: The Qasr-i Shirin – Khanaqin Telegraph Line in Mid-Nineteenth Century', Ha-Mizrach ha-Chadash (in Hebrew)

 

  1. D. Articles or Chapters in Scientific Books

      (which are not Conference Proceedings)

Published

  1. 'Iran, 1925-1946', in The Middle East Between the World Wars, ed. Haggai

     Erlich, Tel Aviv: The Open University, 2003, part 2, vol. 5, pp. 251-86 (in Hebrew).

18.'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, pp. 211-245 (in Hebrew)(refereed).

19.'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, pp. 187-207 (refereed).

(*)20.'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 & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2011, vol. 1, pp. 1-47 (notes on pp. 211-222)

(*) 21. ' "Pearl of the World": The Historical and Contemporary Importance of the Persian Gulf ', in The Persian Gulf: New Directions in Interdisciplinary Research, S. Shahvar & E. Segal, eds., Tel Aviv: Ktav Publishing – Academic Series, 2014, pp. 9-37 (in Hebrew)(refereed)

 

  1. Entries in Encyclopedias

    Published

  1. 'First Telegraph Lines in Persia', The Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed. Ehsan Yarshater, Costa Mesa, Ca.: Mazda Publishers, at:

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

  1. 'First Railroad Built and Operated in Persia,' The Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed.

     Ehsan Yarshater. Costa Mesa, Ca.: Mazda Publishers, at: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/railroads-i

    Submitted

(*) 3. 'Shirazi, Haji Mirza Sayyid Muhammad-Taqi', The Encyclopaedia Iranica, ed.

     Ehsan Yarshater, Costa Mesa, Ca.: Mazda Publishers

 

 

  1. 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.

  (*) 2. 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 (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.
  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 (forthcoming), 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 Jamaa Journal on: Nadia von Maltzehn's, The Syria-Iran Axis: Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations in the Middle East, London & New York: I. B. Tauris, 2013.
  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.
  1. Academic editor of the Hebrew translation of Mark Bowden's Guests of the Ayatollah (New York, NY: Grove Atlantic Inc, 2006), translated into Hebrew by Igal Eyal as "Orkhav" shel ha-Ayatollah: Ha-Krav ha-Rishon be-Milkhemet ha-Ma'arav 'im ha-Islam ha-Fundementalisti, Moshav Ben Shemen: Modan, 2012.
  1. Series editor and academic editor of Iran Culture Series – a series aimed to introduce masterpieces of Iranian culture to the Israeli and the Hebrew-speaking public.
  1. Academic editor and consultant to 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 editor: Soli Shahvar)
  1. Academic consultant to M. Aharonov and M. Litvak, Iran: mi-keisarut Parsit le-mahpekhah Islamit [Iran – From Persian Empire to Islamic Republic], Ra'nana: The Open University, 2014 (in Hebrew).
  1. Academic editor and consultant to Pninim mi-ha-shira ha-Parsit [Pearls from Persian Poetry], vol. 1, translated and annotated by R. Chaim, Tel Aviv: Ktav Web Publishing Ltd., 2014 (no.2 in Iran Culture Series; series editor: Soli Shahvar)
  1. Article review of Samuel E. Willner, 'Increasing the energy and economic security – considering the unconventional oil in resource diversification in the Middle East', Negev, Dead Sea and Arava Studies 6, 2 (2014): 12-19.

15. Article review of Samuel E. Willner, 'Hydropower and Pumped-Storage in Israel – The Energy Security Aspect of the Med-Dead Project', Negev, Dead Sea and Arava Studies

16. Lektor of an article titled 'The Contested Identity of the Jewish Community in Iran – Between Survival and Containment', in Ronen A. Cohen, ed., Identities in Crisis in Iran: Politics, Culture and Religion, Lanham, Boulder, New York, London: Lexington Books, 2015.

        

  1. Other Publications

1.Soli Shahvar, 'Pishgoftar' [Foreword] in Homayoun Ebrahimi, Sepahsalar, Tel Aviv: Ra'yon, 2014, pp. 9-15 (in Persian)

2.Bi-monthly reports of the Tehran-Haifa-Tel Aviv (TeHTel) Persian site (which belongs to the Ezri Center)(see: www.tehtel.com  )

3.Bi-monthly publication of the Ezri Center titled The Persian Gulf Observer (see: http://gulfc.haifa.ac.il/index.php/publications/321-the-ezri-center-newsletter )

4.Bi-monthly publication of the Ezri Center titled The Ezri Center's Newsletter (http://gulfc.haifa.ac.il/index.php/publications/321-the-ezri-center-newsletter )

 

  1. “Iran: Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jews and the Western World”, in R. Erlich (ed.), Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jewish People and the Western World, conducted in the Palestinian Authority, the Arab World and Iran (Intelligence and Terrorism's Information Bulletin No. 1)(Herzliya: The Center for Special Studies, January 2002), pp. 41-54.

 

  1. “Iran: Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jews and the Western World”, in R. Erlich (ed.), Incitement and Propaganda against Israel, the Jewish People and the Western World, conducted in the Palestinian Authority, the Arab World and Iran (Intelligence and Terrorism's Information Bulletin No. 2)(Herzliya: The Center for Special Studies, March 2002), pp.67-79.

 

  1. "Anti-Semitism in the Islamic Republic of Iran," in R. Erlich (ed.), "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, pp. 14-16 and pt. 2, pp. 52-60.

 

 

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