Dordt College News

Former Muslim political leader to speak at Dordt College

March 17, 2011

Dr. Daniel Shayesteh, former Muslim political leader in the 1979 Iranian Fundamentalist Revolution and current Christian director of the organization “Exodus from Darkness,” will speak at Dordt College on Friday, March 25.

Shayesteh’s presentation “How Iranian Culture and the Muslim Religion Influence Practices in the Field of Business” will begin at 11 a.m. in S101 of the Science and Technology Center. He will also briefly discuss his journey from Muslim political leader in Iran to Christian leader known worldwide.

Having grown up in Northern Iran, Shayesteh was steeped in the Muslim religion. After falling out of favor with Ruhollah Khomeini’s political group, Shayesteh fled to Turkey where he soon learned about and converted to Christianity. He then moved with his wife and three daughters to Australia where in 2000 he established “Exodus from Darkness,” an organization which ministers to Middle East immigrants in Australia and around the world.

He is the author of three books, including Islam: The house I left behind and Christ above all gods. Shayesteh has also worked as adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia for eight years. A graduate of Morling Bible College in Australia, Shayesteh earned his Ph.D. in International Management from a university in Turkey.

The event, which is sponsored by the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, is free and open to the public.

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