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Exploring the Other, with Zaman Stanizai – Myth is All Around us – 4

Zaman Stanizai is professor of Islamic Traditions in the Mythological Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute here in Santa Barbara, and a professor of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He received an MA in linguistics from the University of Washington and earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Dr. Stanizai has worked in Indo-Iranian languages as a Fulbright scholar and has focused his post-doctoral studies on Islamic culture and mysticism and depth and sacred psychology. He is an author for the Huffington Post, and has written extensively on political philosophy, especially on issues of identity politics and third-world states encountering globalization. Both professionally and personally, Dr. Stanizai also passionately engages the art of poetry. He has translated works by Rumi, Hafiz and Rahman Baba and has published his own poetry in Pashto and Dari Persian verse.


Myth is All Around Us is an interview series in which the host, Margaret “Maggie” Mendenhall, explores mythic stories and characters with a series of guests to discover where they are reflected in our culture today.

“Myth Is All Around Us” first airs on – a public access digital network and long beach community television channel.

Margaret Mendenhall holds an M.A. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is currently working on a Ph.D. dissertation. Her work examines the different aspects of feminine energy and the concept of the rescue story as they are represented in the German-language operas of Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Wagner and Richard Strauss.

“Here in the Myth Cafe, we are mythologists, and we are investigating sacred narratives.”


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