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Alan Williams


Academic Profile

Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion
British Academy Wolfson Research Professor
Department of Religions and Theology
School of Arts Histories and Cultures
University of Manchester, England.

Sample Publications

The Zoroastrian Myth of Migration from Iran and Settlement in the Indian Diaspora: Text Translation and Analysis of the 16th Century Qesse-ye Sanjān ‘The Story of Sanjan’, Numen Book Series, Studies in the History of Religions, Texts and Sources in the History of Religions, Vol.124, Leiden and Boston: Brill September 2009, xii + 250 pp. (Honorable Mention 2010 for the Ehsan Yarshater Book Prize for Ancient Iranian Studies in 2010 by the Association for Iranian Studies.) In the Mirror of the Stream (Persian title Dar Āyīne-ye Rud), selected poems of Mohammed Reza Shafi’i Kadkani, ed. Alan Williams, with parallel Persian text, with paintings and translations by Pari Azarm Motamedi, Sokhan, Tehran, April 2008, xi + 435 pp. Parsis in India and the Diaspora, eds. John R. Hinnells and Alan Williams, Introduction by John R. Hinnells and Alan Williams (1-11) and Chapter 1 by Alan Williams (15-34), London and New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, December 2007, xiv + 290 pp. Spiritual Verses, The First Book of the Masnavi-ye Ma’navi of Jalaloddin Rumi, translated with an Introduction and Notes, London and New York: Penguin Classics, September 2006, xxxviii + 422 pp. The Pahlavi Rivāyat Accompanying the Dādestān ī Dēnīg, Copenhagen, The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Historisk-filosofiske Meddelelser 60:1 & 2, Munksgaard, 1990, 2 vols., 738 pp.

Current Position

Professor of Iranian Studies, University of Manchester, United Kingdom