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ERIC Number: EJ814786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
Resisting Educational Exclusion: The Baha'i Institute of Higher Education in Iran
Affolter, Friedrich W.
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v1 n1 p65-77 Jan 2007
This article explores the motivational causes for learning and community service of students, faculty, and volunteer supporters of the Baha'i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Iran. BIHE is a grassroots initiative launched by Baha'i academics, who--after having been expelled from public universities as a result of their allegiance to the Baha'i faith--opened up an alternative Institute of Higher Education, which services equally discriminated and marginalized Baha'i youth. The article presents results of a descriptive cultural/phenomenological study that distills the essence of experiences of 180 BIHE students, faculty, and staff performing under unusual sociopolitical circumstances. BIHE presents a minority community initiative that successfully created a "social space" needed by Baha'i students and staff to remain academically and socially engaged; and to bond and share with peers and colleagues equally suffering from persecution and sociopolitical marginalization. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran