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FOUNDATION FOR IRANIAN STUDIES

Applications for Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award, 2014

Deadline for Submissions is August 15, 2014.

The Foundation for Iranian Studies invites applications for its annual award of $1000 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in a field of Iranian Studies. Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2014 award. Dissertations must be nominated by the author's advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee's letter of acceptance. Both documents may be emailed provided they contain appropriate official insignias and signatures.

Applicants for the 2014 award should submit a digital copy of the dissertation, either mailed on disc to

Secretary Foundation for Iranian Studies 4343 Montgomery Avenue Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814

USA

Or emailed to

fis@fis-iran.org or gafkhami@fis-iran.org

For further information about the award, selection criteria, and previous winners consult the Foundation’s Website at www.fis-iran.org, Programs, Dissertation Awards. Inquiries should be emailed to fis@fis-iran.org.

Gholam Reza Afkhami

Chair

Dissertation Award Committee

16 Ph.D. dissertations were received by August 15 and were placed in competition September 1, 2013. The award will be announced in early November 2013. 


Foundation for Iranian Studies

Announcement of the Recipient of Award

For

The Best Ph.D. Dissertation on a Topic of Iranian Studies, 2013

November 8, 2013

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 Dr. Ata Anzali’s dissertation “Safavid Shi`ism, the Eclipse of Sufism and the Emergence of `Irfan” submitted to the Faculty of Religious Studies at Rice University as the recipient of the Foundation's annual Ph.D. dissertation award for the academic year 2012-2013.

In making its decision, the Committee, following the criteria established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, noted that Ata Anzali has made an "exceptional contribution to the field of Iranian 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, including several hitherto unknown or unpublished sources, to support an innovative approach to the study of the effects of the rise of Shi`a hierocracy under the Safavids on Iran’s subsequent political, social, and cultural evolution … adducing convincingly and delineating meticulously the reasons why and the methods by which the Shi`a hierocracy was enabled to sway the court and the people to force the demise of Sufism in order to curtail religious choice, and how, ironically, the success of the project led in time to the emergence of `irfan, a mystical mode of thought oriented to individual choice and tuned to universalist values, suggesting an abiding tension between freedom and authority in Iran even before the advent of modernity… exemplifying successfully the continuing tension between authority and freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran by identifying `irfan as a salient point of conflict between the clerical quest for control and the contemporary youth’s propensity to self-expression … arguing cogently that modernization, though influenced by Western experience, is a function of a people’s history and culture evolving through time, behooving analytical approaches that shun Western or Eastern ghettoization … excellent organization of the work.”

The Committee also cited Dr. Justine Landau’s dissertation “De rythme et de raison: lecture croisée de deux traités de poétique persane du XIIIe siècle” submitted to the Faculty of the School of Languages, Civilizations and Oriental Societies at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, and Dr. Manata Hashemi’s dissertation “Social Mobility among Poor Youth in Iran” submitted to the Graduate Division of the University of California at Berkeley, with honorable mention for superior scholarship, originality, clarity, and significant contribution to Iranian Studies.

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

Gholam Reza Afkhami

Chair

Ph.D. Dissertation Awards Committee

 

Foundation for Iranian Studies

 

Inviting Applications for Best Ph.D. Dissertation in a Field of Iranian Studies Award 2014

The Foundation for Iranian Studies invites applications for its annual award of $1000 for the best Ph.D. dissertation in a field of Iranian Studies. Students completing their dissertations between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 are eligible to apply for the 2014 award.  

Dissertations must be nominated by the author's advisor and be accompanied by the Dissertation Committee's letter of acceptance. Both documents may be emailed provided they contain appropriate official insignias and signatures.

Applicants for the 2014 award should submit a digital copy of the dissertation, either mailed on disc to

 

Secretary
Foundation for Iranian Studies
4343 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814

 USA

or emailed to:

fis@fis-iran.org or

gafkhami@fis-iran.org 

 

Deadline for Submissions is August 15, 2014.

For further information about the award, selection criteria, and previous winners consult the Foundation’s Website at www.fis-iran.org, Programs, Dissertation Awards. Inquiries should be emailed to fis@fis-iran.org.

Gholam Reza Afkhami

Chair

Dissertation Award Committee

 

Foundation for Iranian Studies

4343 Montgomery Avenue

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

USA

1-301-657-1990

www.fis-iran.org

 

To view the announcement of the winner of the best Ph.D. award for the academic year 2011-2012 please visit http://fis-iran.org/en/programs/dissertationaward