Dr Sylwia Surdykowska received her PhD in Iranian Studies from the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw. She has stayed in Iran many a time, where she has also conducted research on the system of values and religious consciousness in Persian society. The author deals with the problems bound up with the continuation of traditional (and still employed) educational methods of shaping citizens’ attitudes. She is the author of publications (in Polish and in English) in the area of contemporary political and religious life. At present, Dr Surdykowska is Head of the Department of Iranian Studies at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of the University of Warsaw.