The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award

The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award is granted biennially by the International Society 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.

2014 Award Committee

  • Ali Gheissari (Chair)
  • Ali Banuazizi
  • Sheila Blair
  • M.R. Ghanoonparvar
  • Yann Richard     
  • The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award is granted biennially by the International Society 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 2014 Award should have been published in 2012 or 2013. The deadline for submission or nomination is December 31, 2013. The award will be announced at the 2014 ISIS Biennial Conference.

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