DĀNESH : the OU undergraduate journal of Iranian studies. Volume 3, 2018
University of Oklahoma. College of International Studies. Department of International and Area Studies. Farzaneh Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies.
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We are so proud to present to you the third volume of the University of Oklahoma's Undergraduate Journal in Iranian Studies, DĀNESH. Through two editions of the journal we have seen wonderful presentations on varying regional topics, spanning the breadth of history and social strata. In the tradition of the meaning of DĀNESH, or knowledge, we present these articles as an offering to expand the collective dialogue on the understanding of the Iranian and Persian state. We are pleased to have worked on this edition with a group of driven authors to present an edition comprising of submissions focusing on the traditional roots of religion in Iranian society and contemporary issues that Iranians are currently facing.This work is a collective effort among the various undergraduate students in the capacities of editing and of course producing these thought provoking articles. We would like to extend a humble thanks to our Associate Editors, without whom we would not be able to produce such a successful and professional journal. We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Professor Manata Hashemi, who in Dr. Marashi's brief absence served as an important mentor and guidance figure for the journal. It would also be remiss of us to not extend a heartfelt thank you to the Farzaneh family, for without their continued support of the Iranian Studies program none of this would be possible. The University of Oklahoma's Libraries and Printing Services are the unsung heroes of this endeavor, as without their support we would not have the ability to make DĀNESH so accessible, in both our print and digital versions. Thank you also to the tireless, diligent work of our authors, who have crafted these amazing works that we are proudly sharing with you.And finally, we are wholly indebted to the continued and unwavering support of Dr. Afshin Marashi. This work, and so much of the growth of the Iranian Studies program as a whole, would not be possible without your faith in us, and our institution. Your academic guidance, advice, and friendship have been invaluable to us.