Identity and Exile: The Iranian Diaspora Between Solidarity and Difference


Over five million Iranians are in exile – about 120,000 of which live in Germany. They are influencing political and cultural debates in Iran on a daily basis. The aim of this publication is to promote a process of reflection within the diaspora and provide an input concerning the role and potential of the diaspora community as well.

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Date of Publication
December 2015
Heinrich Böll Foundation in co-operation with Transparency for Iran
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Table of contents



Amy Malek
Displaced, Re-rooted, Transnational Considerations in Theory and Practice of Being an Iranian outside Iran    

Cameron McAuliffe
Unsettling the Iranian Diaspora: Nation, Religion and the Conditions of Exile    
 Judith Albrecht
 «How to be an Iranian Woman in the 21st Century?»
 Female Identities in the Diaspora    
Donya Alinejad & Halleh Ghorashi
From Bridging to Building: Discourses of Organizing Iranian Americans across Generations     

Ramin Jahanbegloo
Being Iranian today      

Pardis Shafafi
Long Distance Activism, Looking beyond Teaching old Dogmatics new Tricks  

Manuchehr Sanadjian
Food, Narrated Dislocation and Diasporic Presence among Iranians in Germany    
Sonja Moghaddari
Engaging with Social Inequalities: The Stakes of Social Relations among
Iranian Migrants  
Sahar Sadeghi
Boundaries of Belonging: Iranian Immigrants and their Adult Children in the US and Germany     
Narges Bajoghli & Mana Kharrazi
Iranian Alliances across Borders  
Yalda Zarbakhch
Sitting on the Fence or Straddling it? DIWAN – German-Iranian Encounters    

An Interview with Asghar Eslami, Association for Communication, Migration and Refugee Assistance (Kargah)
«Sometimes we're very noisy, sometimes rather quiet»  
About the authors