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Minoo Derayeh

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Department of Equity Studies

Associate Professor

Office: Room 338 Atkinson Building
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 30270
Email: derayeh@yorku.ca

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Dr. Minoo Derayeh is a specialist on Islam, Iranian Studies, World Religions and Gender Studies. Her research interests focus on gender and religion, modernity and tradition in Iran, Islam and social justice, and Islam and popular culture.

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Dr. Minoo Derayeh is Associate Professor at York University in Toronto, where she is a specialist on Islam, World Religions, and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research interests focus on gender and religion, modernity and tradition, Islam and social justice, and Islam and popular culture. Her book entitled Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present was published in June 2006. At York University she teaches variety of courses including Islam and Human Rights, Women Religion and Human Rights, Equity in Schooling and Racism in Education.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
MA, McGill University
BA, Pahlavi University

Professional Leadership

• Chair, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Council, 2019- Present
• Vice Chair, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Council, 2018- 2019
• Chair, Department of Equity Studies, 2012-2017
• York University Senate Tenure and Promotion Review Committee July 2013- 2017
• York University Senate, July 2012- 2017

Community Contributions

• “ Iranian Women’s Literary Contributions” Keynote Speaker, Taklif: Ideas of Femininity Organized by Taklif, 9 Nov 2018

• "...and Social Justice for All, Human Rights at the age of surveillance" Department of Equity Studies and grade 11-12 high schools in Toronto. York University and Toronto District School Board (TDSB) , 11 May 2016

• “Multicultural Policies and Education in Canada.” Conference organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, Montreal, 22 June 2007

• “Muslim Women Now.” Invited presentation. Ismaili Foundation, Toronto, January 2006.

• “Unveiled Voices.” Invited presentation. Ismaili Foundation, Youth Chapter, 2 lectures in Vancouver and Toronto, April and February 2005.

Research Interests

Education , Gender and Religion, Iranian Studies, Islam and Social Justice, Islam and Popular Culture, Literary Studies, Human rights and Equity Studies

Current Research Projects

Exploring Innovative Approaches to Islamic Education: Fostering Understanding, Dialogue, and Community Co-existence in Canada

    Summary:

    The focus of the project was exploring Identity Discourses of the Muslim Diaspora in Canada. The research covered Muslim Diaspora youth in Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Montreal.

    See more
    Role: Co-PI for Toronto Research

    Collaborator: Anila Asgar
    Collaborator Institution: McGill University
Theistic and Atheistic Notions of Evolution in Islamic Societies: Exploring Muslim Teachers' Students' and parents' Understanding of Evolution

    See more
    Funders:
    Standard Research (SSHRC)
Books

Publication
Year

Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to The Present. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

2006

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Moallem, Minoo. Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran. California: University of California Press, 2005.

2008

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Derayeh, Minoo. "De-hyphenate, and De-theorize my voice:“I act, therefore, I am.”." International journal of liberal arts and social science 2, no. 3 (2014): 99-108.

2014

Derayeh, Minoo. "The myths of creation and hijab: Iranian women, liberated or oppressed?." Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies= Alam-e-Niswan= Alam-i Nisvan 18, no. 2 (2011): 1.

2011

'Depiction of Women in Iranian cinema, 1970 to present.' Women Studies International Forum 33 (May 2010): 151-158.

2010

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

• Exploring Identity Discourses of the Muslim Diaspora in Canada, 62nd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society CIES, Mexico City, 2018

2018

• Teaching Human Rights, Equity, and Social Justice in the Canadian Poste-secondary Education, Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 2018

2018

• A New Wave of Feminism in Iranian and Turkish Muslim Women’s Cultural Production, The Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium, 14-16 March 2016

2016

• De-hyphenate and De-theorize my voice: “I act, therefore, I am.” The Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium, Oxford, England, 5-6 December 2013

2013

• Voices unveiled: “I Act, Therefore I Am.” Women’s Quests for Rights. Center for Feminist Studies and Research, York University. 6 April 2013

2013

• “Hear my voice,” Ninth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain, June 8-11, 2011

2011

'Creating a third space: Teaching and Learning Creation and Evolution in the Canadian and Turkish Schools.' Comparative and International Education Society, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. 17-21 March 2008.

2008

'Hijab-i Batini (Esoteric Veil) Versus Hijab-i Zahiri (Exoteric Veil): Iranian Women Liberated or Oppressed.' The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), Washington D.C. 22-25 Nov. 2008.

2008

'Iranian Women and their Quests for Equality.' Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto. 6 May 2007.

2007

'Complementary Rights versus Gender Equality and Equity in the Islamic Republic of Iran.' The 29th Annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio. June 2008.

2006

'Iranian Women Movie Directors and Their Quest for Gender Equality.' The East West Council and The Asia Pacific International Conference on Arts and History, Honolulu, Hawaii. 15 January 2006.

2006

'The Dialogue on Ifsha Qanun: Iranian Women Revealing the Shariah.' The International Conference on Islam: Dialogue vs. Conflict, Islam in the Age of Globalization, Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin-Madison. March 2006.

2006

'Rewriting History: Women in Search of Identity.' The East West Council and The Asia Pacific International Conference on Arts and History, Honolulu, Hawaii. 16 January 16 2005.

2005

'Voices unveiled.' Iranian women association in Diaspora, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal. 8 March 2003.

2003

'Effective Early Education of Linguistic Minorities in Turkey: Ways Around the Barriers.' The International Pragmatics Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto. July 2003.

2003

'Teachers’ narratives about issues off Difference: Iran and Afghanistan.' The Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES), New Orleans. March 2003.

2003

'The Cultural Revolution of 1979: Iranian Women's New Identity.' The Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES), New Orleans. March 2003.

2003

'The Question of Gender Equality in Education in the Quran.' The Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES), University of Toronto. March 1999.

1999

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

'Iranian Women in Search of Identity.' Proceedings of The East West Council and The Asia Pacific International Conference on Arts and History. January 2005.

2005

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

'Creating a Third Space: Teaching and Learning Creation and Evolution in the Canadian and Turkish Schools.' Symposium on Islam and Evolution. McGill University, March 2009. 30-31.

2009


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ4780 6.0 A Gender, Religion and Human Rights SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/HREQ3964 3.0 A Equity & Human Rights in Schooling LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ4780 6.0 A Gender, Religion and Human Rights SEMR


Dr. Minoo Derayeh is a specialist on Islam, Iranian Studies, World Religions and Gender Studies. Her research interests focus on gender and religion, modernity and tradition in Iran, Islam and social justice, and Islam and popular culture.

Dr. Minoo Derayeh is Associate Professor at York University in Toronto, where she is a specialist on Islam, World Religions, and Gender Studies. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research interests focus on gender and religion, modernity and tradition, Islam and social justice, and Islam and popular culture. Her book entitled Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present was published in June 2006. At York University she teaches variety of courses including Islam and Human Rights, Women Religion and Human Rights, Equity in Schooling and Racism in Education.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
MA, McGill University
BA, Pahlavi University

Professional Leadership

• Chair, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Council, 2019- Present
• Vice Chair, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Council, 2018- 2019
• Chair, Department of Equity Studies, 2012-2017
• York University Senate Tenure and Promotion Review Committee July 2013- 2017
• York University Senate, July 2012- 2017

Community Contributions

• “ Iranian Women’s Literary Contributions” Keynote Speaker, Taklif: Ideas of Femininity Organized by Taklif, 9 Nov 2018

• "...and Social Justice for All, Human Rights at the age of surveillance" Department of Equity Studies and grade 11-12 high schools in Toronto. York University and Toronto District School Board (TDSB) , 11 May 2016

• “Multicultural Policies and Education in Canada.” Conference organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, Montreal, 22 June 2007

• “Muslim Women Now.” Invited presentation. Ismaili Foundation, Toronto, January 2006.

• “Unveiled Voices.” Invited presentation. Ismaili Foundation, Youth Chapter, 2 lectures in Vancouver and Toronto, April and February 2005.

Research Interests

Education , Gender and Religion, Iranian Studies, Islam and Social Justice, Islam and Popular Culture, Literary Studies, Human rights and Equity Studies

Current Research Projects

Exploring Innovative Approaches to Islamic Education: Fostering Understanding, Dialogue, and Community Co-existence in Canada

    Summary:

    The focus of the project was exploring Identity Discourses of the Muslim Diaspora in Canada. The research covered Muslim Diaspora youth in Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Montreal.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-PI for Toronto Research

    Collaborator: Anila Asgar
    Collaborator Institution: McGill University
Theistic and Atheistic Notions of Evolution in Islamic Societies: Exploring Muslim Teachers' Students' and parents' Understanding of Evolution

    Project Type: Funded
    Funders:
    Standard Research (SSHRC)

All Publications


Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Moallem, Minoo. Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran. California: University of California Press, 2005.

2008

Books

Publication
Year

Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to The Present. Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.

2006

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Derayeh, Minoo. "De-hyphenate, and De-theorize my voice:“I act, therefore, I am.”." International journal of liberal arts and social science 2, no. 3 (2014): 99-108.

2014

Derayeh, Minoo. "The myths of creation and hijab: Iranian women, liberated or oppressed?." Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies= Alam-e-Niswan= Alam-i Nisvan 18, no. 2 (2011): 1.

2011

'Depiction of Women in Iranian cinema, 1970 to present.' Women Studies International Forum 33 (May 2010): 151-158.

2010

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

• Exploring Identity Discourses of the Muslim Diaspora in Canada, 62nd Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society CIES, Mexico City, 2018

2018

• Teaching Human Rights, Equity, and Social Justice in the Canadian Poste-secondary Education, Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 2018

2018

• A New Wave of Feminism in Iranian and Turkish Muslim Women’s Cultural Production, The Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium, 14-16 March 2016

2016

• De-hyphenate and De-theorize my voice: “I act, therefore, I am.” The Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium, Oxford, England, 5-6 December 2013

2013

• Voices unveiled: “I Act, Therefore I Am.” Women’s Quests for Rights. Center for Feminist Studies and Research, York University. 6 April 2013

2013

• “Hear my voice,” Ninth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Universidad de Granada, Granada, Spain, June 8-11, 2011

2011

'Creating a third space: Teaching and Learning Creation and Evolution in the Canadian and Turkish Schools.' Comparative and International Education Society, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. 17-21 March 2008.

2008

'Hijab-i Batini (Esoteric Veil) Versus Hijab-i Zahiri (Exoteric Veil): Iranian Women Liberated or Oppressed.' The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA), Washington D.C. 22-25 Nov. 2008.

2008

'Iranian Women and their Quests for Equality.' Noor Cultural Centre, Toronto. 6 May 2007.

2007

'Complementary Rights versus Gender Equality and Equity in the Islamic Republic of Iran.' The 29th Annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio. June 2008.

2006

'Iranian Women Movie Directors and Their Quest for Gender Equality.' The East West Council and The Asia Pacific International Conference on Arts and History, Honolulu, Hawaii. 15 January 2006.

2006

'The Dialogue on Ifsha Qanun: Iranian Women Revealing the Shariah.' The International Conference on Islam: Dialogue vs. Conflict, Islam in the Age of Globalization, Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin-Madison. March 2006.

2006

'Rewriting History: Women in Search of Identity.' The East West Council and The Asia Pacific International Conference on Arts and History, Honolulu, Hawaii. 16 January 16 2005.

2005

'Voices unveiled.' Iranian women association in Diaspora, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montreal. 8 March 2003.

2003

'Effective Early Education of Linguistic Minorities in Turkey: Ways Around the Barriers.' The International Pragmatics Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto. July 2003.

2003

'Teachers’ narratives about issues off Difference: Iran and Afghanistan.' The Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES), New Orleans. March 2003.

2003

'The Cultural Revolution of 1979: Iranian Women's New Identity.' The Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES), New Orleans. March 2003.

2003

'The Question of Gender Equality in Education in the Quran.' The Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES), University of Toronto. March 1999.

1999

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

'Iranian Women in Search of Identity.' Proceedings of The East West Council and The Asia Pacific International Conference on Arts and History. January 2005.

2005

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

'Creating a Third Space: Teaching and Learning Creation and Evolution in the Canadian and Turkish Schools.' Symposium on Islam and Evolution. McGill University, March 2009. 30-31.

2009


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ4780 6.0 A Gender, Religion and Human Rights SEMR
Fall 2020 AP/HREQ3964 3.0 A Equity & Human Rights in Schooling LECT


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2020 AP/HREQ4780 6.0 A Gender, Religion and Human Rights SEMR