Halleh Ghorashi

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Ghorashi at the manifestation of Hans Dijkstal's Een Land Een Samenleving in Amsterdam, 2006.

Halleh Ghorashi (also spelled Ghoreishi; born 30 July 1962[1] in Tehran) is an Iranian-born anthropologist who lives in the Netherlands. From 2005-2012, she held the PaVEM chair in Management of Diversity and Integration in the Department of Organization Sciences at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.[2] She won the 2008 Triumph Prize.[3]


Ghorashi grew up in Iran, coming to the Netherlands in 1988 as a political refugee. She studied cultural anthropology at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and received her Ph.D. at University of Nijmegen in May 2001, with a doctoral dissertation titled Ways to Survive, Battles to Win: Iranian Women Exiles in the Netherlands and the U.S.[4] In 2005, she was appointed professor,[5] and in 2006, she became the first occupant of the chair for Management of Diversity and Integration, endowed by PaVEM, the Dutch government's Committee for Participation of Women of Ethnic Minority Groups. Her inauguration was attended by Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, chair of PaVEM and was widely covered in the Dutch media.[6][7]

In 2008, Ghorashi was co-organizer of a conference on the Muslim diaspora.[8] In 2009, she was a speaker at a protest in front of the Binnenhof (Dutch Parliament Building).[9]

Halleh Ghorashi is cited as a proponent of more inclusive political thought, countering the Dutch political climate of the early 21st century with its strong populist and anti-Islamic discourse. Ghorashi argues that when immigrants are maligned and excluded from political debate integration into Dutch society cannot be expected.[10]

In 2010, Dutch feminist magazine Opzij listed her as one of the most powerful women in the Netherlands.[11]



  • Ways to Survive, Battles to Win: Iranian Women Exiles in the Netherlands and the US. New York: Nova Science, 2003. ISBN 978-1-59033-235-1.[12]
  • The Transnational Construction of Local Conflicts and Protests Nijmegen : Stichting Focaal, 2006. OCLC 603051165
  • (with Sharam Alghasi & Thomas Hylland Eriksen) Paradoxes of cultural recognition : perspectives from Northern Europe Ashgate, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7546-9585-1.
    • Review, by Dix Eeke, in Nations and Nationalism, 16, no. 1 (2010): 192-194.
  • (ed. with Haideh Moghissi) Muslim Diaspora in the West : Negotiating gender, home and belonging. Ashgate, 2010. ISBN 978-1-4094-0287-9.

Papers and Reports[edit]


  • "Iranian Islamic and Secular Feminists: Allies or Enemies?" Series: Occasional paper (Middle East Research Associates), 27. 1996.




  1. ^ http://hallehghorashi.com/nl/en/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2017-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2017-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Op naar een nieuw Nederland: Halleh Ghorashi". Buitenhof. VPRO. 8 October 2006. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  5. ^ Bakker, Stephanie (15 August 2007). "Halleh Ghorashi: 'Asociaal gedrag is een teken van emancipatie'". Intermediair. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  6. ^ Hoekman, Jacob (13 October 2006). "'Veel te weinig oog voor kwaliteiten nieuwkomers'". Reformatorisch Dagblad. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  7. ^ Ronde, Kahliya (24 October 2006). "Nederlanderschap op de schop". Kennislink. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.yorku.ca/yfile/archive/index.asp?Article=10870
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2017-02-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Gosinga, Hans (31 January 2009). "Voor populistische PvdA en VVD wordt D66 het alternatief". Trouw. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Halleh Ghorashi is een van de machtigste vrouwen in Nederland". NOS. 20 October 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  12. ^ worldCat

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