Association for Bahá’í Studies Conference

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The capacity to build, resist, define and redefine: research & lived experience among BIHE students

The Bahá’í community in Iran has responded to the injustice of being unable to access education by creating their own underground university. A recent study conducted at Carleton University interviewing fifteen BIHE alumnus, explored themes of resiliency, oppression, resistance, and education. This case study seeks to advance discourse on overcoming oppression and systematic barriers among minority groups. Alongside this research, corresponding lived experiences from a former student, teacher, and administrator will also be shared.