Bahar Fayeghi (College Research Award - CAHSS)

Thesis title: Everyday resistance of Afghan women in Iran


Bahar is a third year PhD student of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Edinburgh. Her background in politics and international relations of the Middle East, her experience working with the United Nations in Iran and her interest in gender and refugee studies have led to her current research on the everyday resistance of Afghan women in Iran.


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• PhD, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh (2020 - present)

• MA, International Service, American University (2017 - 2018)

• MA, International Relations, University of Warwick (2015 - 2016)

• BA (Hons.), Political Science, Islamic Azad University (2011 - 2015)

Undergraduate teaching

• Persian language tutor (September 2021 - now) 

Research summary

Bahar's interests are in the politics, culture and societies of the Middle East, especially regarding human rights, asylum and migration, women's everyday resistance and representations and constructions of gender in contemporary literature. 

Current research interests

My PhD thesis aims to identify and analyze Afghan women's everyday resistance practices against complex power systems in Iran, with a focus on how they combine multiple practices to resist material and ideational domination at the family, societal and governmental levels.

Past research interests

• Culture and conflict resolution in the Middle East • Gender dimensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict • Humanitarian interventions • United States Foreign and Security Policy

Conference details

• 'Second generation Afghans in Iran: guests no more'. International Conference on Xenophobia in the Media. Sakarya University. Skarya, Turkey (30-31 May 2022)