Dr. Minoo Derayeh, a specialist on Iran, Islam, World Religions and Gender Studies, is Associate Professor at York University in Toronto. Her research interests are related to gender and religion, modernity and tradition, and religion and human rights.
Dr. Derayeh received her MA in Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and her PhD in the Department of Culture and Values, at the Faculty of Education, McGill University. Her research interests are related to gender and religion, Persian literary works, culture, pop culture, religion, human rights, and social justice.
Among her publications are Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present and her articles entitled “Depiction of Women in Iranian Cinema, 1970s to Present,” “The Myths of Creation and Hijab: Iranian Women, Liberated or Oppressed?” and “De-hyphenate, and De-theorize my voice: ‘I act, therefore, I am.’” Her new book “Justice, Patriotism, and Religion in Persian Literary Works” is forthcoming in September 2022. This work revives and liberates the stories of Iranians, their hopes for saviours and their aspirations for justice that were often silenced in mainstream Iranian historiography.
Dr. Derayeh is presently teaching a variety of courses, including Islamic Thought & Politics: Human Rights in Islam; Equity and Human Rights in Education; Equity and Human Rights in the Workplace; Racism and Diversity in Education; and Women, Gender, Religion and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective.