Iranian-Jewish Dialogue on the Cyrus Cylinder

On March 28th, the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), and National Iranian American Council (NIAC) held a shared panel and celebration in honor of the presence in Washington of the Cyrus Cylinder and its significance for the peaceful interaction of civilizations based on universal human rights and human dignity. We all gathered to celebrate and reflect together during the Jewish Passover, and immediately following Nowrouz, the Iranian New Year, demonstrating the peaceful interaction of two ancient civilizations united in their common devotion to the legacy of Cyrus the Great. This event was held from 7-9pm, March 28th, 2013 in Founders Hall at George Mason University.

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  • Dr. Shaul Bakhash, Professor of History and Iranian Studies, George Mason University
  • Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin, Director of CRDC, George Mason University
  • Dr. Ahmad Karimi Hakkak, Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Professor and Director of the Roshan Institute Center for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Trita Parsi, President, NIAC

To see pictures, click here.

Watch VOA’s Report from this event, in Farsi, here.
The report about this specific event starts at 1:36 and continues until 5:55.