2017 best Ph.D. dissertation to be announced 11/15



FIS 2017 best Ph.D. dissertation award winner will be announced in mid-November.

Dissertations accepted and placed in competition have been 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.  








Announcement of the Recipient of Award


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a significant array of primary and secondary sources in several languages, including several hitherto unknown or unpublished sources, to support an innovative approach to a critical study of one of the most thought provoking but relatively understudied 12th century Iranian Islamic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.”


The Committee also cited Fatemeh Shams-Esmaeili’s dissertation “Official Voices of a Revolution: A Social History of Islamic Republic’s Poetry,” submitted to the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, Jonathan Brack’s dissertation “Mediating Sacred Kingship: Conversion and Sovereignty in Mongol Iran,” submitted to the Department of History, University of Michigan, and Cameron Lindley Cross’s dissertation “The Poetics of Romantic Love in Vis O Râmin,” submitted to the Faculty of the Division of the Humanities, University of Chicago 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 SIS journals, and in various Persian and English language academic publications.


Gholam Reza Afkhami


Ph.D. Dissertation Awards Committee

Foundation for Iranian Studies

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Inviting Applications for Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award, 2017


Deadline for Submissions is August 15, 2017.


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, 2016 and June 30, 2017 are eligible to apply for the 2017 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 2017 award should submit a digital copy of the dissertation, either on disc to



Foundation for Iranian Studies

Bethesda, MD 20814



Or emailed to

fis@fis-iran.org or




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


Gholam Reza Afkhami


Dissertation Award Committee