Daniel Shayesteh

Daniel Shayesteh


Dr Daniel Shayesteh is an Iranian immigrant who arrived in Australia with his family in November 1991. Daniel is married to Mary and they have three daughters. He is Director of the inter-denominational organisation “Exodus from Darkness” and a National Evangelist for the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia and America.


Daniel was deeply involved in the Iranian Fundamentalist Revolution (1979) as a leading Muslim political leader and teacher of Islam and religious philosophy. He speaks three middle-eastern languages (Farsi, Turkish and Azerbaijani) and is an accomplished poet and classical middle-eastern musician. He was saved wonderfully through Christ, when he escaped to Turkey after falling out of favour with Khomeini's political group. On his arrival in Australia Daniel sought fellowship with Christians from Islamic backgrounds. In 1994 he commenced studies at Morling Bible College and completed the Diploma of Theology and Pastoral Ministry. He also has a PhD in International Management that he completed in Turkey. Daniel lectured also as a part time professor in the University of Technology Sydney for eight years. He lectured how culture and religion influences business and human attitudes.


Daniel has been speaking to thousands of people around the world (Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA, Africa and Asia). Daniel's has a multi-dimensional message that tells about his life and world view in Islam, his encounter with Christ and his theological/worldview journey that has led to his position today as a Christian Evangelist. On other occasions he teaches and preaches about the nature of God (god) in the major religions of the world and points to the precious uniqueness of Christ (Rev.19:16). He also teaches and preaches about "Influential Evangelism" and "True Peace".

Daniel has written two books to help Christians, including Young People, to understand the uniqueness of Christ.

1. Daniel's book "Christ above all gods" covers the basic difference among the nature and work of gods.  It is for people who are willing to openly 'Search for Truth together'. It looks at the nature of God (god), sin and salvation in all the world's major religions and compares this with what we all find when we search the law of the conscience that is God-given and found in every human heart.  The wonderful uniqueness of Christ emerges from this fascinating, rigorous and timely journey - a journey we need to undertake more than ever in this modern era of 'globalization'.

2. Daniel's book "The Difference is the Son" gives an amazing insight into Islam.
- What does a Christian from a fundamentalist Islamic background make of the differences between the Qur'an and the Bible?
In this book Daniel has compared the Bible and the Qur'an while at the same time reflecting on Islam's early history and contemporary message. His confident assertion is that Jesus, the Son of God and the Savior of the world, is what makes the Bible so different to the Qur'an.

The 'Difference is the Son' introduces the reader to the Qur'an (many Qur'anic passages are quoted) and illuminates their mind about the genesis of Islam and Islam's message today. Reviewing the history of Islam, as Daniel has done, is an interpretative work and Daniel has referred to many ancient and modern texts (both English and Persian) on this subject. The reader finds plenty in this book to get them thinking about how a '7th Century prophet', with significant links to the Christian church of the day, ended up leading a movement that, at its most radical, is an avowed enemy of the Son of God (for a Muslim there is no such person) and Christians and Jews.

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