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Dissertation Award



The best PhD dissertation on a theme of Iranian Studies is chosen based on several criteria, including imagination, novelty of approach, clarity in stating the problematic, theoretical foundation, methodological rigor, efficient and intelligent use of primary source material, and quality of fieldwork, among others.

The Foundation may also recognize up to two runner-up dissertations with honorable mention and subject to budgetary considerations and the decision of an advisory board of readers, may also help towards the publication of outstanding dissertations.

Each year the award is granted to a dissertation approved during that academic year and announced in October/November of the year for which it is granted.

Dissertations must be nominated by the author's advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee's letter of acceptance. A digitized copy of the dissertation must be submitted by August 15 either on a disc to

Secretary

Foundation for Iranian Studies

Suite 200, 4343 Montgomery Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20814

 

or emailed to

fis@fis-iran.org or

gafkhami@fis-iran.org 

Notice of the awards appears in the MESA and SIS mail lists and journals, in various Persian language and other academic publications. It will also be posted on the FIS website.

To see the list of Award WinnersClick

 

FIS 2018 best Ph.D. dissertation Award and Honorable Mentions Announced

Dissertations accepted and placed in competition were received from following institutions:

University of Texas at Austin; Universities Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Sorbonne Paris Cité, University of Naples L'Orientale; Harvard University; University of London, SOAS; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Alberta; Bryn Mawr College; University of Toronto.

 

Recipients of Award and Honorable Mention

Best Ph.D. Dissertations on a Topic of Iranian Studies, 2018

November 15, 2018

 

 

 

 

Foundation for Iranian Studies

Announcement of the Recipients of Award and Honorable Mention

Best Ph.D. Dissertations on a Topic of Iranian Studies, 2018

 

November 15, 2018

 

The Foundation for Iranian Studies is pleased to announce that the Committee on Selection of the Best Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies of the Foundation for Iranian Studies has chosen Viola Allegranzi’s dissertation “Les Inscriptions Persanes de Ghazni,  Afghanistan: Nouvelles sources pour l’étude de l’histoire culturelle et de la tradition épigraphique ghaznavides (Ve-VIe/XIe-XIIe siècles),” submitted to the Universities Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, Sorbonne Paris Cité, and Naples, L'Orientale, as the recipient of the Foundation's annual best Ph.D. dissertation award for the academic year 2017-2018.

 

In making its decision, the Committee, following the criteria established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, noted that Ms. Viola Allegranzi has made an "exceptional contribution to the field of Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies” by, among other achievements, “stating clearly the study’s problematic… constructing an adequate and efficient theoretical framework…developing and using successfully a rigorous methodology to bring together a significant array of primary and secondary sources… mastering critical knowledge of Persian language and Iranian history… adopting an innovative multidisciplinary approach to derive intellectually reasonable meaning and purpose from half-survived Persian poetic inscriptions on broken plaques in late Ghaznavid royal structures in the city of Ghazni… establishing an important connection between epigraphic inscriptions and courtly poetry… methodically connecting data, text, and socio-political information to achieve a credible framework for studying how as yet a historically very young Persian poetry by affecting otherwise prosaic expression proved instrumental in expanding and enabling Persian culture to spread and achieve dominance in the pre-Mongol Abbasid-Turkic world… demonstrating originality in approach, balance in reaching conclusions, adeptness in conjoining art, architecture, literature, and history to support the dissertation’s findings.… excellent organization of the work.”

 

The Committee also cited  Ahoo Najafian’s dissertation “Poetic Nation: Iranian Soul and Historical Continuity” submitted to the Department of Religious Studies and the Committee on Graduate Studies, Stanford University, Robert Landau Ames’ dissertation “Looking for the Human: Sufism, Subjectivity, and Modernity in Iran” submitted to the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, and- this year exceptionally also a third- Shaftolu Gulamadov’s dissertation “The Hagiography of Nāṣir-i Khusraw and the Ismāʿīlīs of Badakhshān” submitted to the Department of the study of religion, University of Toronto, with honorable mention for superior scholarship, originality, clarity, and significant contribution to the field of  Iranian Studies.

 

Notice of the awards will appear in the Foundation’s interactive web, in MESA and AIS journals, and in various Persian and English language academic publications.

 

Gholam Reza Afkhami

Chair

Ph.D. Dissertation Awards Committee

Foundation for Iranian Studies

 

 

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FIS 2017 best Ph.D. dissertation award winner was announced November 15, 2017

Dissertations accepted and placed in competition were received from the following instituitions:

Faculty of Letters University of Porto/School of English University of Kent, the Erasmus Mundus PhD programme, ‘TEEME; Harvard University; Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran; University of Cambridge; University of Chicago; Stanford University; and two dissertations from Yale University.  

 

 

 

Best Ph.D. Disertation Award on a Subject of Iranian Studies, 2017

November 15, 2017

 

The Foundation for Iranian Studies is pleased to announce that the Committee on Selection of the Best Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies of the Foundation for Iranian Studies has chosen Kusha Sefat’s dissertation “Tehran: The Politics of Things” submitted to the Board of Graduate Studies, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge, as the recipient of the Foundation's annual Ph.D. dissertation award for the academic year 2016-2017.

 

In making its decision, the Committee, following the criteria established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, noted that Kusha Sefat has made an "exceptional contribution to the field of Iranian Studies” by, among other achievements, “stating clearly the study’s problematic… constructing an original, intellectually fecund, and conceptually productive theoretical framework for the analysis and explication of political sociology of the Iranian revolution of 1979 and the dynamics of the post-revolutionary politics …developing and employing successfully a rigorous methodology to bring together a significant array of primary and secondary sources, including relevant literature, politically instrumental media, and critical information secured through interviews judiciously conducted in the field in Tehran and elsewhere… adopting an innovative approach to the study of links between public objects and words and their effect on the development and structuring of political fields… methodically connecting data, text, and speech to construct a credible framework for discerning and evaluating how confluence of public object and discourse shaped a determinative political field in the revolution as well as in each of the first three decades of post-revolutionary Iran, and by extension, potential applicability of the lessons derived to studies of other historically relevant events … excellent organization of the work.”

 

The Committee also cited Austin O’Malley’s dissertation “Poetry and Pedagogy: The Homiletic Verse of Farid al-Din `Attar” submitted to the Faculty of the Division of Humanities, University of Chicago, and Waleed Ziad’s dissertation “Traversing the Indus and the Oxus: Trans-Regional Islamic Revival in the Age of Political Fragmentation and the ‘Great Game’, 1747-1880” submitted to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Yale University, with honorable mention for superior scholarship, originality, clarity, and significant contribution to Iranian Studies.

 

Notice of the awards will appear in the Foundation’s interactive web, MESA and AIS journals, and in various Persian and English language academic publications.

 

Gholam Reza Afkhami

Chair

Ph.D. Dissertation Awards Committee

 

 

Announcement of the Recipient of Award

For

The Best Ph.D. Dissertation on a Topic of Iranian Studies, 2016

 

November15, 2016

The Foundation for Iranian Studies is pleased to announce that the Committee on Selection of the Best Dissertation of the Year on a Topic of Iranian Studies of the Foundation for Iranian Studies has chosen Salimeh Maghsoudlou’s dissertation “La pensée de 'Ayn al-Quḍāt al-Hamadānī (m. 525/1132), entre avicennisme et héritage ġazālien” submitted to Section des Science Religieuses, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, CNRS as the recipient of the Foundation's annual Ph.D. dissertation award for the academic year 2015-2016.

 

In making its decision, the Committee, following the criteria established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, noted that Salimeh Maghsoudlou has made an "exceptional contribution to the field of Iranian and Islamic Studies” by, among other achievements, “stating clearly the study’s problematic… constructing an adequate and efficient theoretical framework…developing and using successfully a rigorous methodology to bring together a significant array of primary and secondary sources in several languages, including several hitherto unknown or unpublished sources, to support an innovative approach to a critical study of one of the most thought provoking but relatively understudied 12th century Iranian Islamic theoreticians … Critically analyzing the Avicennian and Ghazalian influence on `Ain al-Quḍat’s thinking … demonstrating a profound command of the theoretical foundations of a triad of philosophical, theological, and mystical concepts essential to the evolution of `Ain al-Quḍat’s comprehensive vision… meticulously structuring and successfully analyzing, and adapting the components of the triad to explicate patterns of composition and intersection of concepts of God, Cosmos, and Man in `Ain al-Quḍat’s exposition of Islamic theology… clear and judicious use of language and analysis … excellent organization of the work.”

Notice of the awards will appear in the Foundation’s interactive web, MESA and SIS journals, and in various Persian and English language academic publications.

 

Gholam Reza Afkhami

Chair

Ph.D. Dissertation Awards Committee

Foundation for Iranian Studies

To see the list of Award WinnersClick