Ahoo Najafian specializes in the relationship between religion and literature in contemporary Iran, with an emphasis on the development of ʿerfan. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Tehran, Iran, and holds an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She recently defended her dissertation, titled “Poetic Nation: Iranian Soul and Historical Continuity.” She teaches a course on Gender Relations in Islam at Stanford.