Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor delivered a paper as part of the lecture series, Political Violence: Beyond the Secular/Religious Divide organised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) at Leiden University, Netherlands, on 19th September 2014.
The paper, entitled Imaginative Anachronistic Leaps and Secular/Religious Myths of Terrorism: The case of Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut Period,addresses the legends of the assassins, which are still part of academic writings (in the field of political science) legitimising narratives of violence. In this way, violence is still portrayed as an inherent part of religion, despite the assassin legends having been deconstructed to a great extent by scholars such as Marshal Hodgson (1955) and Farhad Daftary (1994).
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About Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor
Dr Daryoush Mohammad Poor joined the IIS in 2002 and, since then, has contributed as a translator for a number of departments including the Department of Academic Research and Publications, Project Tajikistan, the Department of Curriculum Studies and the IIS website. Currently, he is a Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications. Prior to this, he served as Editorial Researcher, contributing to the Encyclopaedia Islamica project.
Daryoush completed an associate degree in Mathematics in 1998 from Ferdowsy University in Mashhad. Following completion of a special degree in International Relations at the University of Westminster in 2003, he went on to post-graduate studies in International Relations and Contemporary Political Theory, graduating with merit in 2004 from the Centre for the Study of Democracy, The University of Westminster. His dissertation was titled ‘Reforms from within: the crisis of democracy in Iran’; it entailed an academic study of the process of reforms in the political structure of Iran.
He completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Westminster’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages in Political and Social Studies. His thesis is an assessment of emerging models and ideal types for authority and leadership, using the case study of the AKDN.
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