Creation of Fellowship in Persianate Studies

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August 30th, 2010

The Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations is pleased to announce the creation of the Fellowship in Persianate Studies.  The fellowship was made possible by the generous gift from the Woodcock II Foundation.

The peoples and cultures of Central and Southwest Asia (sometimes called Turko-Persia) have deep historical roots that predate both the advent of Islam and many of the ethnic groups that now live in the region. Although today encompassing the modern states and regions of Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, the Central Asian Republics, Afghanistan, western Pakistan and Kurdistan, scholars and even travelers have long recognized the significance of such shared traditions such as the Nauruz New Year celebrations and the rich inter-mixture both Persian and Turkish languages and histories.

The creation of the Fellowship in Persianate Studies satisfies the growing demand for sophisticated knowledge about this region by business and government, academic research, and teaching.  The Fellowship’s first recipient, Ehsan Moghaddasi, will arrive at Boston University this fall.