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(p. xi) Contributors

(p. xi) Contributors

Kamyar Abdi was born in Tabriz, Iran, in 1969. He received his BA in archaeology from Tehran University and his PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2002. From 2002 to 2008 he was an assistant professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College, and since 2008 he has been an associate professor of archaeology at Science and Research University in Tehran. Abdi has done fieldwork in several archaeological sites in Iran, Turkey, and the United States. His main research interest is the sociopolitical organization of Elam, especially during the Proto-Elamite to Old Elamite period, and the transition from the Neo-Elamite to Achaemenid period.

Kamran Aghaie received his PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is associate professor and director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His work mainly deals with Islamic studies, Shi‘ism, and modern Iranian and Middle Eastern history, as well as world history, historiography, religious studies, nationalism, gender studies, and economic history. He teaches Iranian and Middle Eastern history and is an expert on Shi‘ism.

Ali Anooshahr teaches world history as well as comparative premodern Islamic history at the University of California, Davis. He received his BA in humanities from the University of Texas at Austin (1994), and received his MA and PhD in Islamic history from the University of California, Los Angeles (2005). He has taught at UCLA, Santa Monica College, Cal State LA, Cal State San Marcos, and Saint Xavier University. He also studies memory, self-fashioning, and intertextuality in the writings of three ghazi (holy warrior) kings of the premodern period, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazna; Babur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty; and the Ottoman Sultan Murad II.

Kathryn Babayan received her PhD from Princeton University in Islamic history. She is associate professor of Iranian history and culture in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan. Her field of specialty is Safavid and premodern history of Iran. She is currently working on gender and sexuality in the Iranian and Islamic world.

Maziar Behrooz is an associate professor in the History Department of San Francisco State University. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on Iran and is the author of two books on the history of the Iranian left movement and a collection of articles and interviews on the Iranian left, translated and published in Iran and in Persian. He received his PhD in Iranian history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Edward Dąbrowa is professor of history at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He specializes in military history and the history of ancient Rome, Parthia, and Israel. He currently heads the Department of Ancient History and is Chair of Jewish Studies in the Faculty of History at the Jagiellonian University and editor of its magazine, published by both Electrum and Scripta Judaica Cracoviensia. He is a member of the Commission of Classical Philology of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Committee on Jewish History and Culture of the Academy, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Touraj Daryaee is the Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World and the associate director of the Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. His research centers on the ancient history of Iran and specifically Sasanian history and Middle Persian language and literature. He teaches ancient world history, Iranian history, and the religions of ancient Iran and is the editor of The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies.

George Lane is Senior Teaching Fellow in the History of the Middle East and Central Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He teaches history of the Middle East and Central Asia, medieval Iran, and the Mongol Empire. His work has mainly revolved around Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire and its rule in Iran in the thirteenth century.

Mansoureh Ettehadieh Nezam-Mafi received her MA and PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She taught Qajar history at the University of Tehran from 1963 to 2000. Since 1983, she has been the founder and director of the publishing firm Nashr-e Tarikh-e Iran (Iran Historical Press), which deals with the history of Iran. She is currently engaged in working on public opinion from 1870 to 1920.

Afshin Matin-Asgari received his PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an associate professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles. His areas of specialization are the twentieth-century Middle East, modern Iran, and modern Islamic political and intellectual movements. Dr. Matin-Asgari teaches various courses in Middle East history, world history, Islam, and comparative religion.

Michael G. Morony is professor of history at UCLA, with interests in the history of the Near East. He holds a BA in Near Eastern languages from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Islamic studies and a PhD in history from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work has been mainly on late Sasanian and the early Islamic period in Iran and Iraq. He teaches Sasanian history, Islamic intellectual history, and historiography at UCLA.

Daniel T. Potts's research interests center on cultural developments in Iran, Mesopotamia, and the Arabian peninsula. Professor Potts's fieldwork has been mainly conducted in Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, and the (p. xiii) experience working on multiperiod sites has meant that his interests extend, chronologically, from the Neolithic to the Islamic conquest. He is fascinated by Near Eastern religious traditions and the problems of understanding them, particularly in situations where different cultures overlap or collide, as happened during the Achaemenid Persian, Macedonian, Parthian, and Sasanian periods; he is also extremely interested in using cuneiform sources to understand ancient economies, as an adjunct to archaeological approaches.

Alireza Shapour Shahbazi received his PhD in East Asian archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He was a lecturer in Achaemenid archaeology and Iranology at the University of Shiraz, Harvard University, and East Oregon University. He established the Achaemenid Research Foundation in Iran in 1973. Shahbazi wrote numerous classic books and articles on archaeology and the history of the Achaemenid and the Sasanian dynasties in Persian, English, German, and French. He passed away in 2006.

Prods Oktor Skjærvø is Agha Khan Professor of Iranian at Harvard University. He teaches Old Iranian languages (Old Persian, Avestan, Pahlavi, Sogdian) and pre-Islamic religions (Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism) and history. His work in recent years has been centered on Avestan literature and the foundations of Zoroastrianism, as well as the application of oral literary theory and comparative mythology to ancient Iranian literature and religion.

Evangelos Venetis is currently a senior research associate in Islamic and Iranian studies at the School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his first degree in history (1999) and an MA in history from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh. His research interests deal with the Iranian and Greek worlds from antiquity to the modern period. Venetis's publications include books and articles on various aspects of modern and premodern Middle Eastern studies, including his recently completed monograph on the history of Hellenism in modern Iran and the Persian Alexander romance.

Neguin Yavari is associate professor of history at the New School for Liberal Arts, New York. She took her PhD and MPhil in history, specializing in medieval Islamic history at Columbia University. She is interested in political thought and theology in the medieval period, with an emphasis on transitions from medieval to early modern. Her current research on the rhetoric of advice in medieval political thought is a comparative study of European and Islamic mirrors for princes and their resonances in the construction of political language in the modern period, especially in the Islamic world.