The purpose of this award is to advance the scholarship on Ancient Iranian Civilization and its cognate fields. Professor Ehsan Yarshater is an internationally recognized scholar who has made a major contribution to the field of Iranian Studies. The ISIS Council designated Professor Yarshater an honorary member in 1999.
The award will be presented at the 2012 Biennial conference in Istanbul, August 2012. The committee awarded M. Rahim Shayegan, University of California, Los Angeles for his book 'Arsacids and Sasanians. Political Ideology in Post-Hellenistic and Late Antique Persia'. Cambridge U. Press, 2011
Ehsan Yarshater Book Award for Ancient Iranian Studies (2010) (books published in 2008 or 2009)
Members of the 2010 Committee: Jaleh Amouzgar (Iran), Almut Hintze(UK), Maria Macuch (Chair, Germany), Nicholas Sims-Williams (UK)
The committee awarded first prize to:
- Vladimir A. Livshits, Sogdijskaja Èpigrafika Srednej Azii i Semirech'ja. St. Petersburg 2008, 414 pp. ,112 illustrations [Sogdian epigraphy of Central Asia and Semireche]
The committee awarded honourable mention prizes to:
- Dieter Weber, Berliner Pahlavi-Dokumente. Zeugnisse spätsassanidischer Brief- und Rechtskultur aus frühislamischer Zeit. Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 2008 (Iranica 15), xxxi, 286 pp., XLVI illustrations [Pahlavi Documents in Berlin. Evidence on the Art of Letter Writing and Late Sassanian Legal Culture in the Early Islamic Period]
- Alan Williams, The Zoroastrian Myth of Migration from Iran and Settlement in the Indian Diaspora. Text, Translation and Analysis of the 16th Century Qeṣṣe-ye Sanjān ‛The Story of Sanjan’. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2009 (Numen Book Series, Studies in the History of Religions, Text and Sources in the History of Religions, vol.124), xii, 250 pp.