Pouran Eslami (Dec. 1951 - Sept. 2002) was born in Tehran, Iran, and
undertook her undergraduate studies in Sociology at Tehran University.
She continued with her Masters Degree education in health sciences, and
her Ph.D. studies in Sociology at University of California, Irvine. Dr. Eslami received numerous recognitions for her excellence in teaching and
research. Her research work included studying the social conditions of
indigenous people of North America, Middle East specifically Iran, and
women. Her interest in Ancient Iranian studies came about as a result of
her research on Native Americans that made her curious about what had
happened to adherents of ancient Iranian religion in their homelands.
Afterwards, Ancient Iranian studies became center stage of her conscious
and her research. With the help her husband, they studies ancient Iranian
sites in her native province of Azerbaijan, and the role of women in
She also conducted research on the
significant role played by the diminished Zoroastrian minority in
ushering in constitutional reform in their ancient homeland during the
late 19th - early 20th century time frame. In early 2002, Dr. Eslami was
diagnosed with rapidly growing cancer that took its toll on her life in
less than six months.
Azar Goshnasp: An ancient Zoroastrian city and temple