Isabelle Headrick presents her work on the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Washington DC

Wed, December 12, 2018
Isabelle Headrick presents her work on the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Washington DC
Isabelle Headrick

Second-year History PhD student and Appleman Graduate Fellowship recipient Isabelle Headrick presented her paper, "A Family in Iran: Women Teachers, Minority Integration and Family Networks in the Jewish Schools of the Alliance Israélite Universelle in Iran, 1900-1950,” at the eleventh annual conference of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa in Washington, DC on November 3, 2018.

The Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU) was an international Jewish educational philanthropy, founded in Paris in 1860, whose mission was to “regenerate,” “emancipate” and modernize Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, North Africa, and Southwest Asia, including the Ottoman Empire and Iran. It did this by building schools and providing a French-modeled, universalist, modern education in subjects like math, history, science, and Judaism. Importantly, it provided education to girls and welcomed Muslims as well as Jews as students. Headrick’s paper examined the integration of minorities and professionalization of women in Iran in the first half of the twentieth century, using the AIU’s female school directors as a case study. She argued that family networks played a critical role in facilitating both of these modernizing processes. 

You can read more about Headrick's work in our 2018 newsletter.

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