Past Winners of the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award

The following is the list of previous recipients of the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award since its inception:


  • First Prize: Djalal Khaleghi Motlagh, Critical edition of Shahnameh, 1988-. 
  • Honorable Mentions:
    C. E. BosworthHistory of the Saffarids of Sistan and the Maliks of Nimruz, 1994. 
    Farhad DaftaryThe Assassin Legends: Myths of Isma’ilis, 1994.


  • First Prize:Badr-ol Zaman GharibFarhang-e Soghd-Farsi-Englisi [Sogdian Dictionary], 1995.
  • Honorable Mention: Ahmad Karimi-HakkakRecasting Persian Poetry: Scenarios of Poetic Modernity in Iran, 1995.


  • First Prize:Maria E. SubtelnyLe monde est un jardin: Aspects d l’histoire culturelle de l’Iran medieval, 2002.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    Kathryn BabayanMystics, Monarchs and Messiahs: Cultural Landscapes of Early Modern Iran, 2002.
    Franklin D. LewisRumi: Past and Present, East and West, 2000.


  • First Prize:Rudi MattheeThe Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900, 2005.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    David J. RoxburghThe Persian Album 1400-1600: From Dispersal to Collection, 2005.
    Étienne de la VaissièreHistoire des marchands sogdiens, 2nd ed., Bibliothèque de l’Institut des hautes études chinoises XXXII, 2004 (Transl. by James Ward, Sogdian Traders: A history, Handbuch der Orientalistik VIII:Central Asia, 10: Sogdian traders, Leiden and Boston, 2005)


  • First Prize: Nasrollah Pourjavady, Zaban-e hal: dar erfan adabiyat-e parsi (Tehran, 1385sh/2006)
  • Honorable Mention: Beatrice Forbes Manz, Politics and Religion in Timurid Iran. 2007
  • Honorable mention: Nicholas Sims-Williams, Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Letter and Buddhist Texts. 2007


  • First Prize: Fakhreddin Azimi, The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle against Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge: HarvardUniversity Press, 2008).
  • Honorable Mention: Michele Bernardini, Mémoire et propagande à l’époque timouride (Paris: Association pour l’avancement des études iranniennes, 2008).
  • Honorable mention: Yuka Kadoi, Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of Mongol Iran. Edinburgh Studies in Islamic Art (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009).


  • Joint Recipient: Barbara Brend, Muhammad Juki's Shahnamah of Firdausi (Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland; London: Philip Wilson, 2010).
  • Joint Recipients: David Durand-Guedy , Iranian Elites and Turkish Rulers: A History of Isfahan in the Saljuq Period (Abingdon, UK and New York: Routledge, 2010).