The Oberlin Review

Hiring Mohammad Mahallati Against Oberlin’s Mission and Vision

October 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: This statement was originally sent in an email to President Carmen Twillie Ambar on Oct. 8 and was signed by 56 family members of the victims and former political prisoners, as well as 577 additional signatories. Professor of Religion and Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies Mohammad Jafar Mahallati has denied these allegations. You can read the Review’s comprehensive news coverage here.  Dear President Ambar,  We the undersigned are a group of former political prisoners in Iran, families of executed political prisoners, human rights activists who work for justice and accountability, and international jurists who have examined the record of Iran’s gross human rig...

Statement in Response to Allegations of Covering Up Iranian Executions

Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies and Professor of Religion

October 9, 2020

Editor’s Note: This statement is in response to accusations made by Kaveh Shahrooz and Lawdan Bazargan. Read the Review’s news coverage here.  I feel deeply for the ongoing suffering of family members of the victims of violence against political prisoners. Summary executions are horrible acts and are indeed crimes against humanity wherever they happen.  During my years at Oberlin College, and because of my longtime anti-war activism, I have come under attack by a spectrum of war-lobby protagonists both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.  On Oct. 8, 2020, an email was sent to the president of Oberlin College from Kaveh Shahrooz and Lawdan Bazargan that asserted their belief that when I was serving as ...

Professor of Religion and Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies Mohammad Jafar Mahallati denies recent allegations claiming that he covered up human rights violations in Iran in the late 1980s.

Religion Professor Denies Accusations of Human Rights Abuse Cover-Up

October 9, 2020

A letter calling for the removal of a faculty member was sent to President Carmen Twillie Ambar yesterday, alleging that the professor participated in covering up the Iranian regime’s 1988 mass killing of political prisoners. The letter was written by human rights activists Kaveh Shahrooz and Lawdan Bazargan and is signed by 56 family members of the victims and former political prisoners, as well as 577 other signatories. The faculty member, Professor of Religion and Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Mid...

Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Religion Professor

October 6, 2017

Mohammad Jafar Mahallati is the Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies at Oberlin College, where he has been teaching for a decade. Prior to his arrival at Oberlin, he received his Ph.D. from McGill University. He has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Yale, and Georgetown, and has worked with Search for Common Ground, the Middle East Institute, and the Center for Strategic and International Affairs. From 1987–89, he served as Ira...

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