FINAL PROGRAMME

Conference Programme

Sponsored byPembroke College Cambridge, the British Institute of Persian Studies, Iran Heritage Foundation, Soudavar Memorial Foundation, Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, the Ancient India and Iran Trust, and the Symposia Iranica Trust.

Conference Programme

Final Programme

Third Biennial Conference on Iranian Studies
11–12 April 2017, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Panorama of Cambridge

PANELS 1A – 1E, TUESDAY, 11 APRIL: 09.30-11.00

Panel 1a: Text, Image, and the Arts of the Book
April 11 • 09.30-11.00

Chair: Dr Sussan Babaie, Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of
London, UK

Depicting the Beloved: Text and Image Relationship in Sixteenth-Century Persian Painting
Ms Naciem Nikkhah, PhD 2019, University of Cambridge, UK

A Neglected Timurid Manuscript: The Musibat-nama of ‘Attar from Prince Baysunghur’s Celebrated Library
Ms Shiva Mihan, PhD 2017, University of Cambridge, UK

Persianate Models in the Pictorial Representation of Architecture in 16th-Century Ottoman Illustrated
Manuscripts
Ms Kristýna Rendlová, PhD 2018, Masaryk Univerzity, Czech Republic

Panel 1B: Social Cohesion in Times of Travel or Stress
April 11 • 09.30-11.00

Chair: Dr Michael Axworthy, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter, UK

The Black Winter of 1860-61: War, Famine, and the Political Ecology of Disasters in Qajar Iran
Dr Ranin Kazemi, PhD 2013, Yale University, USA

The Caravan of Pilgrims: On Interpersonal Relationships of Iranians on their way to Mecca – based upon a Pilgrimage Diary from 1892-94 by an Anonymous Lady from Kerman (Bânū-ye Kermânī)
Mr Piotr Bachtin, PhD 2017, University of St Andrews, UK

Employing Military Intelligence or Forming Military Diplomacy: The Second Russian Military Attaché – V. A. Frankini– in Tehran, 1877-78
Dr Serkan Kececi, PhD 2016, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK

Panel 1c: The Evolution of Policy Making in the Islamic Republic
April 11 • 09.30-11.00

Chair: Professor Oliver Bast, Professor of Iranian Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, France

Securitisation of Poverty – Ali Khamenei’s Poverty Discourse and Determination of the Poverty Line in Iran
Mr Arvin Khoshnood, MSc 2016, Lund University, Sweden

Outside of the Law: Khomeini’s Legacy of Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in the Islamic Republic
Mr Alexander Nachman, DPhil 2018, University of Oxford, UK

Grand Strategic Adjustments in Post-Revolutionary Iran: A Neoclassical Realist Account
Mr Kevjn Lim, PhD 2019, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Panel 1d: Perspectives on Performance, Dance, Theatre, and Film in Modern Iran
April 11 • 09.30-11.00

Chair: Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Professor in Ancient History, Cardiff University, UK

Mystic Metaphor of Dance in Rumi
Ms Leandra Elena Yunis, PhD 2017, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Iranian Shakespeares: ‘The Abstract and Brief Chronicles of the Time’
Ms Shauna O’Brien, PhD 2017, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Uncertainty in Front of the Image
Ms Bahar Majdzadeh, PhD 2018, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France

Imagining the Nation: “Film-Farsi” and the Depiction of Quotidian Modernity
Dr Golbarg Rekabtalaei, PhD 2015, North Carolina State University, USA

Panel 1E: Reconcenptualising Turko-Persian Networks
April 11 • 09.30-11.00

Chair: Professor David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of History and Religious Studies,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

The Idealised Ghazi Topos and Âdâb (Codes of Courtesy) in Dâsıtan-ı Tevârîh-i Mülûk-i Âl-i Osman
Ms Ceren Çıkın Sungur, MA 2014, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey

The Neglected Bridge: Muayyadzāda ‘Abd al-Raḥmān and Ottoman-Persian Intellectual Networks
in the Sixteenth Century
Dr Mehmet Fatih Arslan, PhD 2015, Istanbul University, Turkey

PANELS 2A – 2E, TUESDAY, 11 APRIL: 11.45-13.15

Panel 2a: Safavid Architecture: New Research
April 11 • 11.45-13.15

Chair: Dr Sussan Babaie, Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK

Dusky Spaces: An Exploration of the Notion of Light in the Architecture of Shaykh Lutfullah Mosque through the Lens of the Isfahani Style of Poetry
Ms Mahroo Moosavi, PhD 2017, University of Sydney, Australia

Towards a Better Understanding of Early Safavid Architecture: The Case of Harun Vilayat and Adjacent Structures
Mr Iman Aghajani, PhD 2019, University of Bamberg, Germany

The Congregational Mosque of Shaykh Lutfullah
Ms Fuchsia Hart, DPhil 2020, University of Oxford, UK

Panel 2B: Myth and History in Ancient Iran
April 11 • 11.45-13.15

Chair: Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones, Professor in Ancient History, Cardiff University, UK

Truth, Lies, and Moral Integrity: Echoes of Achaemenid Royal Ideology in the Alexander Histories
Ms Laura Conroy, PhD 2020, University of St Andrews, UK

Narrative Displacement in Herodotus’s Account of Deioces: The Convergence of History and Legend
Mr Reza Zarghamee, PhD 2019, University of St Andrews, UK

The Coinage of Mithradates II of Parthia: New Routes to Understanding Political and Religious Ideologies
Ms Alexandra Magub, PhD 2017, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and The British Museum, UK

Panel 2c: Alliances and Iranian Foreign Policy
April 11 • 11.45-13.15

Chair: Professor Oliver Bast, Professor of Iranian Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, France

Presidential Personality and Foreign Policy-making: The case of Iran
Ms Ameneh Mehvar, PhD 2018, University of St Andrews, UK

China’s Policy on the Iranian Nuclear Issue in the UNSC (2000-2015)
Dr Mher Sahakyan, PhD 2016, Nanjing University, China

Recruiting Mercenaries or Foreign Fighters? The Role of Identity in the Recruitment for the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division
Ms Hannah Pool, MLitt 2017, University of St Andrews, UK

Iranian Involvement in Syria, 2011–17
Ms Fatemeh Teimoorzadeh, MA 2018, University of Exeter, UK

Panel 2d: Modern Persian Literature: Influence and Influences
April 11 • 11.45-13.15

Chair: Dr Firuza Melville, Director of Research, Pembroke Centre for Persian Studies, University of Cambridge

‘Death to Freedom, Death to Captivity’: Beyond Shahriar Mandanipour’s ‘Islamic’ Love Story
Ms Roxanne Ellen Bibizadeh, PhD 2018, University of Warwick, UK

Transnational (Dis)embodiment: Contextualising the US Performances of Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Ms Ida Yalzadeh, PhD 2020, Brown University, USA

Excessive Subjectivities: Shahrnush Parsipur’s Women Without Men and the Girl Who Became a Tree
Ms Niloo Sarabi, PhD 2017, University of Maryland, USA

Reading More than Marjan Satrapi’s Persepolis
Ms Mersedeh Dad Mohammadi, PhD 2017, University of Chester, UK

Panel 2e: On Mysticism and Esotericism In Sufi and Parsi Communities
April 11 • 11.45-13.15

Chair, Dr Leonard Lewisohn, Senior Lecturer in Classical Persian and Sufi Literature, University of Exeter, UK

The Institutionalisation of Sufi Psychology in 12th and 13th Century Iran: The Case of the Kubrawiyya
Mr Eyad Abuali, PhD 2017, SOAS, UK

Suhrawardī’s Alwāḥ-i ‘imādī, Esotericism and Political Advice: The Esoteric Treatment of the Account of Farīdūn’s Ascension to the Throne
Ms Parisa Zahiremami, PhD 2018, Toronto University, Canada

Fragmentary Dialogues in 17th Century Surat: Reconsidering Henry Lord’s Travelogue
Mr Ionut-Valentin Cucu, PhD 2018, Bucharest University, Romania

PANELS 3A – 3E, TUESDAY, 11 APRIL: 14.45-16.15

Panel 3a: Qajar Art and Architecture
April 11 • 14.45-16.15

Chair: Dr Moya Carey, Iran Heritage Foundation Curator of Iranian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

The Exposure of the Andaruni at the Golestan Palace: Nasser al-Din’s Stereoscopic View of Female Space
Ms Alexandria Brown-Hedjazi, PhD 2020, Stanford University, USA

Qajar Art Collections from the Georgian National Museum
Dr Irina Gugunava, PhD 2016, Georgian National Museum, Georgia

Coffee House Heroes: Art, Homosocial Space and the Articulation of the Masculine Archetype
in Qajar Iran
Ms Natasha Morris, PhD 2018, Courtauld Institute of Art, UK

Do Portraits of Hajji Babas Sign to an In-Between? Some Field Notes from Qom
Ms Emiko Stock, PhD 2018, Cornell University, USA

Panel 3b: Beyond the Zagros: Interactions in a Wider Sphere
April 11 • 14.45-16.15

Chair: Dr John Curtis, CEO, Iran Heritage Foundation • Former Keeper, Middle East Department, British Museum, UK

Assyro-Urartian Relations in Western Iran: Urartian Expansion along the Zagros during the Reigns of Argišti I and Sarduri II
Mr Krzysztof Hipp, PhD 2017, Jagiellonian University, Poland

Significant Political Milestones in the Archaeological Investigations of Two Neighbouring Countries:
A Kura-Araxes Culture Perspective
Ms Narmin Ismayilova, PhD 2019, Birmingham University, UK

An Achaemenid Period Settlement in Anatolia: Oluz Höyük with Historical, Cultural and Religious Aspects
Ms Filiz Teker, PhD 2020, Firat University, Turkey

Market and State – On the Organisation of Local Trade, State Intervention at the Marketplace, and the Zoroastrian ‘Morality of the Market’ in Sasanian Iran
Mr Aleksander Engeskaug, MA 2016, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Panel 3c: Islam and the West in Post-Revolutionary Iran
April 11 • 14.45-16.15

Chair: Professor Oliver Bast, Professor of Iranian Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, France

A Historical Comparative Analysis of Islamism in Iran and Turkey prior to 1982
Mr Andrew Ledford, PhD 2017, Princeton University, USA

The Concept of ‘the West’ in Ayatollah Khomeini’s Political Thought
Mr Bijan Hakimian, MPhil 2015, University of Cambridge, UK

A Different Kind of Revolution: The Soviet Perception of the Islamic Revolution in Iran
Mr Dmitry Asinovskiy, PhD 2018, European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia

Panel 3d: The Architecture of Prayer and Piety in Medieval Iran
April 11 • 14.45-16.15

Chair: Professor Robert Hillenbrand, Professor of Islamic Art, University of St Andrews, UK

Lessons Learned from the Oljeitu’s Mihrab for the Understanding of llkhanid Stucco Revetment Craftsmanship, Polychromy, and Aesthetics
Ms Ana Marija Grbanovic, PhD 2019, University of Bamberg, Germany

New Perspectives on the First Abbasid Masjid-i Jum’a of Iṣfahān
Ms Federica Duva, MA 2016, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

The Sultan-Sufi and his Painted Tomb
Ms Aparna Andhare, MSc 2017, University of Edinburgh, UK

Panel 3E: Perspectives on Classical Persian Literature
April 11 • 14.45-16.15

Chair, Dr Leonard Lewisohn, Senior Lecturer in Classical Persian and Sufi Literature, University of Exeter, UK

Margins, Resistance, and Modernity: Transforming the Forms and Functions of Persian Poetry in
Yaghma of Jandagh’s Works
Mr Farshad Sonboldel, PhD 2020, University of St Andrews, UK

Nation, Language, and Poet in Amnon Netzer’s ‘Muntakhab-i Ash’ar-i Farsi az Asar-i Yahudiyan-i Iran
Mr Daniel Amir, MA 2017, University of Oxford, UK

Khvaju Kermani’s Saqinameh
Ms Christine Kämpfer, PhD 2018, Philipp University of Marburg, Germany

The Problem of Textual Authority and Hafez’s Use of Intertextuality
Ms Renata Elena Stauder, PhD 2020, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

PANELS 4A – 4D, TUESDAY, 11 APRIL: 17.00-18.30

Panel 4A: Ritual and Mythology in Zoroastrian Texts: New Perspectives in Avestan Studies
April 11 • 17.00-18.30

Chair: Professor Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism, SOAS, University of London, UK

Mithra and Xvarenah
Ms Irene Fuertes, PhD 2020, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Ādurbād ī Mahrspandān on Fate
Mr John Theodore Good, PhD 2020, Toronto University, Canada

From Reactive to Creative: a Khshnoomist Perspective of the Evil Force
Mr Mariano Errichiello, MA 2017, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

A Study on the Relationship between the Pahlavi word Nāwar, the Nāwar Ceremony, and the Ahunawar Prayer
Mr Mehrbod Khanizadeh, PhD 2017, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Panel 4B: State, Nation, and Politics during the Late Pahlavi Period
April 11 • 17.00-18.30

Chair: Professor Oliver Bast, Professor of Iranian Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, France

Costly Mistake or Valuable Investment? Evaluating the Economic Effect of the 2500th Anniversary Celebrations
Mr Robert Steele, PhD 2018, University of Exeter, UK

The Red Spider – the Soviet Clandestine Network in Early 1950’s Iran
Ms Urszula Pytkowska-Jakimczyk, PhD 2019, University of Warsaw, Poland

Choreographed Nationalism: Physical Culture at the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran
Mr Zachary Einerson, PhD 2020, University of St Andrews, UK

Panel 4C: Persian Language and Literature: Comparative Aspects
April 11 • 17.00-18.30

Chair: Professor François de Blois, Emeritus Professor of Iranian Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany

A Critical-Comparative Study of Linguistic Atlases of Iran and Azerbaijan Qarbi
Mr Hiwa Asadpour, PhD 2019, University of Frankfurt, Germany

The South Slavic Persian Literature
Mr Marko Jovanović, PhD 2018, University of Belgrade, Serbia

‘Être Persan’: Iran and its Uses in 19th-Century French Literature
Dr Julia Hartley, DPhil 2016, University of Oxford, UK

Panel 4D: The Mastery and Transmission of Design and Craftsmanship in the Persianate Architectural World
April 11 • 17.00-18.30

Chair: Dr Sussan Babaie, Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK

Historic Monuments as an Encyclopedia of Architectural Design: Understanding the Interaction of Master Masons of Rezayat’s Family with Historic Monuments of Isfahan
Dr Hadi Safaeipour, PhD 2015, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Craftsmen and their Methods in Medieval Anatolia
Dr Richard Piran McClary, PhD 2015, University of Edinburgh, UK

Mapping Artisans’ Signatures in Medieval Anatolia in the 12th-15th Century
Ms Polina Ivanova, PhD 2019, Harvard University, USA, and
Mr Maxime Duroche, PhD 2017, Paris-Sorbonne University, France

PANELS 5A – 5D, WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL: 09.00-10.30

Panel 5a: Prophets and Prophecies
April 12 • 09.00-10.30

Chair: Professor Robert Hillenbrand, Professor of Islamic Art, University of St Andrews, UK

Solomon and the Queen of Sheba: The Building of a Frontispiece
Ilse Sturkenboom, PhD 2016, University of Bamberg, Germany

Prophecy, Knowledge and Artists’ Creative Powers, Concepts of Creativity in 16th Century Persian Book Arts
Ms Margaret Shortle, PhD 2017, Boston University, USA

Prophecy and Propagating Shi‘i Islam Among the Folks: A Survey of Illustrated Lithographed Books of Qajar Period
Dr Roxana Zenhari, PhD 2014, University of Göttingen, Germany

Panel 5b: Breaking New Ground in the Modern History of Iran
April 12 • 09.00-10.30

Chair: Professor Ali M. Ansari, Professor of Iranian History, University of St Andrews, UK

For the Love of the Nation: Elite Politics and Pragmatic Diplomacy in the December,
1911 Telegrams of Sayyed Ḥasan Taqizadeh
Mr Kayhan Aryan Nejad, PhD 2021, Yale University, USA

Iranian Women’s Education 1905-1930: “Herstory”
Ms Tannaz Zargarian, PhD 2018, York University, Canada

From Russia with Tea: The Russian Samovar in Iranian Tea-Drinking Culture and National Identity
Mr Sergey Saluschev, PhD 2019, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Bullying the British? Russian Involvement in Mohammad ‘Ali’s Campaign in Persia, 1911-1912
Ms Alisa Shablovskaia, PhD 2019, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, France

Panel 5C: New Perspectives on Safavid Iran
April 12 • 09.00-10.30

Chair: Professor Charles Melville, Professor of Persian History, University of Cambridge, UK

Verbal Representation of Power in Public: Patterns of Safavid Legitimacy
Ms Pouye Khoshkhoosani, PhD 2017, University of Arizona, USA

Inter-religious Controversies in Safavid Iran: Three Case Studies
Dr Alberto Tiburcio, PhD 2015, Philipp University of Marburg, Germany

Turkish Language in the Safavid Empire
Mr Ali Seyedrazaghi, PhD 2019, Lancaster University, UK

Silk, Ships and Shiraz Wine: The Evolution of the East India Company’s Farman in Persia 1622-1747
Mr Peter Edward John Good, PhD 2017, University of Essex and the British Library, UK

Panel 5D: Changes and Continuities in Contemporary Zoroastrianism
April 12 • 09.00-10.30

Chair: Professor Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism, SOAS, University of London, UK

The Evolution of Zoroastrian Priestly Rituals in Iran
Kerman Daruwalla, PhD 2019, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

Remnants of the Yasna Ceremony in Contemporary Iranian Zoroastrians’ Customs
Mr Ramin Shahzadi, MA 2013, Islamic Azad University, Iran

Yasna 14-16: A Zoroastrian Ritual in Practice and Process
Ms Kayla Dang, PhD 2019, Ohio State University, USA

The Nature of Ritual in the Avestan Hymn to Haurvatāt
Ms Jamie O’Connell, MA 2017, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

PANELS 6A – 6D, WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL: 11.15-12.45

Panel 6A: From Carpets to Cities and Food to Books: New Research in Persianate Visual Cultures
April 12 • 11.15-12.45

Chair: Dr Sussan Babaie, Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, Courtauld Institute of Art,
University of London, UK

Mughals on the Menu: A Probe into the Culinary World of the Mughal Elite
Neha Vermani, PhD 2017, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Reframing the Carpet: The Afterlife of the Ardabil Carpets in the West
Ms Dorothy Armstrong, PhD 2020, Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

Early Persian Movable Type Printing in India and Egypt
Mr Borna Izadpanah, PhD 2019, University of Reading, UK

Urban Change and Memory: Case Study – Yazd, Iran
Ms Fatemeh Rostami, PhD 2018, University of East London, UK

Panel 6B: Reflections on Contemporary Iranian Society
April 12 • 11.15-12.45

Chair: Professor Annabelle Sreberny, Emeritus Professor of Global Media and Communications, SOAS, UK

“One Glance is Acceptable”: Contradiction and Perfection in an Iranian Islamist Family
Mr Simon Theobald, PhD 2018, Australian National University, Australia

Sex Change Operations in Iran: Liberating or Limiting?
Ms Shekoufeh Behbehani, MA 2016, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Representations of Christianity in Iranian State Media
Ms Sara Afshari, PhD 2017, University of Edinburgh, UK

Neo-Nazim in Iranian Cyber Space
Ms Anahita Hosseini Lewis, PhD 2020, King’s College London, University of London, UK

Panel 6C: Studies of Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sasanian Iran: New Data and Research Perspectives
April 12 • 11.15-12.45

Chair: Dr Lindsay Allen, Lecturer in Greek & Near Eastern History, King’s College London, University of London, UK

Early Achaemenid Religion: A Social Network Perspective
Mr Amirardalan Emami, PhD 2019, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Achaemenid Spatial Features at the Court of Alexander the Great
Stephen Harrison, PhD 2016, Swansea University, UK

The Migration of the Rose Motif: An Overview of the Transmission and Context of Rose Imagery
in and Sasanian Art
Sara-Louise Peterson, PhD 2017, SOAS, UK

Narratives of Space, Place, and Ritual at Qaṣr-e Širin, Iran
Johnathan W. Hardy, PhD 2019, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA

Panel 6D: The State and Political Expression in Post-Revolutionary Iran
OUTER PARLOUR • April 12 • 11.15-12.45

Chair: Professor Ali M. Ansari, Professor of Iranian History, University of St Andrews, UK

Social Movements at Work: Explaining Labour’s Non-Participation in the 2009 Green Movement
Mr Zep Kalb, DPhil 2018, University of Oxford, UK

“Why is Ayatollah Hashemi Writing Memoirs?” Iranian Politicians and their Literary Struggle for Power
Ms Anne-Marie Brack, PhD 2018, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

The Rock Music Scene in Iran: Cultural Hybridity as an Expression of Political Enunciation
Mr Siavash Rokni, PhD 2019, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

PANELS 7A – 7E, WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL: 14.15-15.45

Panel 7A: Courtauld panel: What Do Pictures Tell Us that Texts Don’t?
April 12 • 14.15-15.45

Chair: Professor Robert Hillenbrand, Professor of Islamic Art, University of St Andrews, UK

The Vulnerability of the Heroic Archetype in Firdausi’s Shahnameh
Ms Yagnaseni Datta, MA 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK

Circuit of Gazes in the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasb
Ms Ricarda Brosch, MA 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK

Gifts and Gifting and the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasb
Ms Yasmin Siabi, MA 2017, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK

Panel 7B: Civil Society in Iran: Agents of Change
April 12 • 14.15-15.45

Chair: Professor Annabelle Sreberny, Emeritus Professor of Global Media and Communications, SOAS, UK

Push and Pull: How State and Society Interact to Produce the Islamic Republic’s Hijab Regulations
Ms Nikta Daijavad, MPhil 2017, University of Cambridge, UK

Closing the State-Society Gap: Embracing Factions Rather than Coercion
Mr Behnam Gharagozli, MPhil 2017, University of Cambridge, UK

Digital Media and Capacity-Building in Oppressed Minorities of Iran: Building Social Capital Through Indirect Contestation Matthew Sepehr Mahmoudi, MPhil 2017, University of Cambridge, UK

Childhood and Politics: A Case Study of High School Students’ Periodicals in Post-Revolution Iran
Ms Anoosheh Modarresi Tehrani, DPhil 2018, University of Oxford, UK

Panel 7C: The Mongols in Iran: Texts, History, and Historiography
April 12 • 14.15-15.45

Chair: Professor David Morgan, Emeritus Professor of History and Religious Studies,
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

The Question of Readership: What can we say about how Persian Chronicles were Read and
Copied in the Manuscript Age?
Mr Philip Bockholt, PhD 2017, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Shadow of Anushirvan: The North Caucasus in Medieval Iranian Sources
Mr John Edward Latham, PhD 2018, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

The Presence of the Zafarnama in the Tarikh-i-Rashidi
Mr Saif Tahir Beg, PhD 2020, University of St Andrews, UK

A Princely Pandect on Astronomy: Ṭūsī’s The Mu‘īnīya Epistle
Dr Kaveh Niazi, PhD 2011, Stanford University, USA

Panel 7D: Linguistic and Literary Insights in Pre-Islamic Iran and Beyond
April 12 • 14.15-15.45

Chair: Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams, Emeritus Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS, UK

On Princes, Exiles and Scribes: An Analysis of the Iranian Name Corpus in Achaemenid Babylonia
Peter Zilberg, PhD 2018, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Anonymous Nihāyat al-arab fī akhbār al-furs wa-l-‘arab – Unique Source on Persian pre-Islamic History or
Useless Pseudohistorical Fabrication?
Joonas Maristo, PhD 2018, Helsinki University, Finland

Secular Documents in Khotanese: How to Edit Them and What Do They Tell Us?
Zhan Zhang, PhD 2016, Harvard University, USA

New Researches on the Late Khotanese Aśokāvadāna
Federico Dragoni, MA 2016, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Panel 7E: Aspects of Modernity in the Arts of Iran
April 12 • 14.15-15.45

Chair: Dr Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East, British Museum

Cubism in Iran – Jalil Ziapour and the Fighting Rooster Association
Ms Katrin Nahidi, PhD 2017, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Why the Fighting Cock? – The Significance of the Imagery of the Khorus Jangi and its Manifesto ‘The Slaughterer of the Nightingale’
Dr Aida Foroutan, PhD 2013, University of Manchester, UK

“Calming Down” the Megalopolis: State-Sanctioned Murals and Tehran’s Visual Cityscape
Mr Daniel Walter, MA 2016, Lund University, Sweden