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Thirteenth Annual CESS Conference

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) will be held at Indiana University, hosted by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. The program will feature panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia, a geographic domain which extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central and Inner Asia.

Food, Purity, and Pollution: Zoroastrian Views on the Eating Habits of Others

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us as Dr. Touraj Daryaee discusses the use of food as a mode of differentiation and identification according to Zoroastrian Middle Persian and Persian texts of the late antique and early Medieval period. In these texts, the list of foods consumed by Arab Muslims and the Indians are juxtaposed with that of the Iranian diet, and each group is given anthropological treatment. The article contends that the Zoroastrian dietary law, based on the Middle Persian texts, provides a mode of purity and impurity vis-a-vis others. Finally, Dr.


Iran, formerly known as Persia, is a region with long history of cultural, administrative and artistic achievements. The first unified Persian state was founded by Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire. Modern-day Iran was the heartland of a serious of successive, powerful Persian empires for much of the Classical period. In the seventh century, the region was conquered by the Islamic Caliphate and converted to Islam. Persian culture, learning and administration greatly influenced the many rulers and dynasties in the region.


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