Portrait of Mammad Aidani

Mammad Aidani

Mammad Aidani is a human rights advocate, acclaimed poet, playwright, theatre director, and distinguished psychosocial researcher investigating the violence, torture and trauma experienced by Iranians and Middle Eastern immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers who have resettled in the Australia and the West.

Mammad is interested in philosophy, particularly contemporary hermeneutics, phenomenology, and existential psychology through which he investigates the trauma and suffering experienced by those who are from Iranian and Middle Eastern backgrounds and are victims of oppression, torture and war. 

Mammad’s work engages with refugee and asylum seeker experiences, and the impacts of sociocultural isolation and alienation in the pre-arrival (home country) and post-arrival (new country). Mammad has taught creative writing and theatre in Australia and abroad.

Mammad fled Iran soon after the 1979 February Revolution in which he participated when Khomeini imposed his fundamentalist Islamic ideology and denounced, undermined and began to arrest, imprison, and execute his regime’s critics and opponents. 

After the popular uprising against the undemocratic and dictatorial regime of the last Shah of Iran, Mammad’s dream was the establishment of an open Iran with democratic government and free elections, something that has been denied Iranians since the establishment of the current regime.

Mammad lost his birth place, Khorramshahr, during the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988), and has not been able to return to his country of birth since his departure in mid-1979. He has been living in exile since then.