On May 6, Bahar Davary, assistant professor of religious studies, in continuing her research on Muslim women and their role in politics, met with Iran's president Mohammad Khatami in Tehran, where they discussed the relationship of Islam and political democracy.
Davary joined the Hobart and William Smith faculty in 2000. She holds a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America and a master's and a bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran.
Davary is particularly interested in comparative religions, Islamic feminism and inter-religious dialogue. She introduced Islamic studies into the general curriculum at the Colleges and is credited with serving as an unofficial advisor to Muslim students and many other students of color on campus. Davary has also been a frequent guest in the community discussing Islam.