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[Adapted from website:] Mashregh News

[Date:] 10 Mordad 1391 [31 July 2012]


Iranian Studies Conference With Taste of Zionism

One of the meetings held to attract and use Iranian university professors is the Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, organized by the Foundation for Iranian Studies, also known as the Association for Iranian Studies.

According to Mashregh News, quoting Fars News, one of the circles on which the enemies of the [Islamic] regime, especially the Zionist regime, have a special focus is scientific meetings with the presence of scientists and university professors of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This focus is sometimes on identifying scientists and attempting to assassinate them, and sometimes on recruiting these professors for the purpose of espionage. One of these meetings, which was held to attract Iranian university professors, is the Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, which was organized by the Foundation for Iranian Studies, also known as the Association for Iranian Studies.

This foundation was established in 1360 [1981] with the investment of Ashraf Pahlavi, the twin sister of the deposed shah of Iran. At first [the Foundation] tried hard to pursue its activities under the scientific title of Association for Iranian Studies. After the establishment of the foundation, the executive and decision-makers of the foundation decided to hold biennial conferences. Over time, various layers of the perverse Baha’i sect were formed in this foundation, and members of the terrorist group of Monafeghin, the communist left, and the monarchists were attracted to the activities of this so-called scientific foundation, so that after a while they would also join the campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran. In July of 2012, the Foundation for Iranian Studies held a meeting in Canada, in which it set out all the outlines of the meeting based on the goal of overthrowing [the Islamic government] and, of course, with unequivocal support for the perverse Baha’i sect.

Now, this institution is scheduled to hold the ninth session of Iranian studies from 12 till 14 Mordad of the current year [3 to 5 August 2012] in Istanbul, Turkey, with the presence of professors from our country, six Israeli professors in the field of Iran [studies] (from the Zionist Tel Aviv University, [Ben Gurion University of the] Negev and Hebrew University [of Jerusalem]) and five special guests, all from the Ashraf Pahlavi Foundation in Washington, D.C., and supporters of the perverse Baha’i sect. … The conference is co-chaired by Touraj Atabaki, a royalist activist at the Ashraf Pahlavi Foundation in Washington, D.C., who works closely with Mohamad Tavakoli Targhi  (editor of the monarchist quarterly journal Iran Nameh and one of the staunch preachers of the perverse Baha’i sect).

… The management team and special speakers of the Istanbul Conference are all members of a circle of Iranologists who recognize Ehsan Yarshater (Baha’i Freemason and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Iranica) as their father at the Foundation for Iranian Studies, a foundation that is headed by Ashraf Pahlavi. Ahmad-Ali-Massoud Ansari, in his book “After the Fall”, published a document revealing that since the 1980’s, the CIA had been directing approaches and activities of this Foundation for Iranian Studies through Parviz Sabeti (director general of SAVAK National Security).

Among these five people, Touraj Atabaki is the chairman of the Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, and Ahmad Karimi Hakkak is the representative of the U.S. project in the field of Iranian studies. Seven years ago, the U.S. Department of State donated funds to Karimi Hakkak to establish the Center for Iranian Studies at the University of Maryland, and Baha’i Iranologists cooperated with him. The centre is now one of the partners in holding the Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies in Turkey.

Mohamad Tavakoli Targhi, editor-in-chief of the Iran Nameh quarterly journal (published by the Ashraf Pahlavi Foundation), is one of the special guests of the Istanbul Conference, who hosted a conference on “Baha’i persecution in Iran” in Tir 1390 [June/July 2011], attended by Diane Ala’i (Baha’i representative to the United Nations), Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, and Israeli researchers at the University of Toronto. He, together with Ali Mirsepassi (another Ashraf Pahlavi Foundation analyst and advisor to the Cooperation Party of Iran), lectures on “academic studies in Iran” for Iranian professors and chairs the panel on “Post-Revolutionary Cinema in Iran.”

During a discreet trip to Iran in 1387 [2008], Tavakoli tried to gather Baha’i documents and take them out of the country. Ali Banuazizi is also one of the prominent members of the Ashraf Pahlavi Foundation and the Iran Nameh quarterly journal, who proposed the model for “secular civil society” for Iran since 1374 [1995]. At the luncheon on 13 Mordad 1391 [3 August 2011] at the Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies, he spoke to the audience on “Islam and Reform in the Middle East.”

As a result, the conference presidency and its special guests are members of a Baha’i-dominated circle, which, through a single mediator and the Ashraf Pahlavi Foundation, comprise CIA intelligence sources and agents for academic espionage operations.

… “Babi and Baha’i Studies” is another part of the Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies in Turkey, in which Siamak Zabihi-Moghaddam from Israel presented an article entitled “The Killing of Baha’is in Yazd.” Zabihi-Moghaddam is a history graduate of the Israeli University of Haifa and a colleague of Mohamad Tavakoli, who was invited to speak at the Baha’i Persecution in Iran Conference on “The Baha’i Faith and the Iranian Woman” at the University of Toronto in Tir [July] last year.

After Zabihi-Moghaddam, other professors from the universities of the Zionist regime (Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University) discussed “The Voice of Poetry in Iranian Painting”, “Indigenous Life in Iran”, etc., and Abbas Amanat (Baha’i professor at Yale University) was also present alongside them.

What is important in this is the negligence of the intelligence services and also the Ministry of Science in their failure to provide the necessary warnings to the professors participating in these meetings; because if these institutions focused on the content of previous conferences, especially the seventh conference on Iranian studies, the eighth and ninth sessions of this meeting would have been held without the presence of Iranian university professors.