The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award

The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award is granted biennially by the Association for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Persian Heritage Foundation. Established in 1995, the purpose of the Award is to recognize and promote scholarship in the field of Iranian studies, as well as to honor the memory of Ali-Akbar Saidi-Sirjani (1931-1994), the noted Iranian historian, literary critic, and author, in appreciation for his scholarship, his courage, and his indefatigable struggle for freedom of expression.

2016 Award Committee

  • Ali Gheissari (Chair)
  • Ali Banuazizi
  • Sheila Blair
  • M.R. Ghanoonparvar
  • Yann Richard     

2016 Award

The winner of 2016 Saidi-Sirjani Book award is Denise Aigle for her work The Mongol Empire between Myth and Reality: Studies in Anthropological History, Brill (Iran Studies), 394 pp., 2014
Honourable Mention Saidi-Sirjani Award to Saghi Gazerani for her work The Sistani Cycle of Epics and Iran’s National History: On the Margins of Historiography, Brill (Studies in Persian Cultural History), 260pp., publication 2015 (copyright 2016). 

 

The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award is granted biennially by the Association for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Persian Heritage Foundation. Established in 1995, the purpose of the Award is to recognize and promote scholarship in the field of Iranian studies, as well as to honor the memory of Ali-Akbar Saidi-Sirjani (1931-1994), the noted Iranian historian, literary critic, and author, in appreciation for his scholarship, his courage, and his indefatigable struggle for freedom of expression.

Works qualifying for the prize will consist of (a) original studies or syntheses in the field of Iranian Studies; (b) critical editions of significant texts in Iranian Studies; and (c) translations from an Iranian language, accompanied by scholarly annotations and extensive research. The Award is primarily intended to be given to books published in English.

Works on the pre-Islamic periods, works of fiction and poetry, and edited collections are excluded. To be considered for the Award, works should be of monograph length and published by a recognized publishing house. For a list of the past award recipients, click here.

Books for the 2018 Award should have been published during January 2016 through to December 2017.  The deadline for submission for nomination is December 31, 2017. The award will be announced at the 2018 AIS Biennial Conference ceremony in August 2018.

Note to Publishers:

Two copies of nominated books should be sent to Committee Chair:

Professor Ali Gheissari
Department of History
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
E-mail: ali.gheissari@gmail.com