Dr Shirin Shafaie studied philosophy, and philosophy of art in Tehran, and Middle East Politics, and Film and TV in London. She completed her doctoral research on ‘Contemporary Iranian War Narratives: A Dialectical Discourse Analysis’ at SOAS, University of London, where she is currently teaching. She also holds a post-doctoral position at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in Oxford where she works on ‘Reading Gen. 37- 50 in conversation with Islam.’ Her research interests are narrative theory, critical war studies, and faith-based diplomacy. She has worked extensively with the victims of chemical weapons and war-related mental illness and has been involved in a number of projects at the Tehran Peace Museum and other civil-society movements for inter-religious peace and dialogue. Besides her research activities, Shirin is the Director of Visual Academics Ltd. that provides professional filmmaking services to universities.