This distinguished award goes to Dominic in recognition of his book Hafiz and His Contemporaries - Poetry, Performance and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Iran.
“I am flattered, and delighted to have my scholarship recognised in this way by my peers,” commented Dominic on hearing the news.
Hafiz and His Contemporaries is a socio-political, historical, and literary contextualisation of Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafiz of Shiraz (d. 1390), who remains an elusive and opaque character for many. Hafiz was a Persian poet whose collected works remain some of the most admired in Persian literature.
The Saidi-Sirjani Book Award is granted biennially by the Association for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Persian Heritage Foundation.
Established in 1995, the purpose of the Award is to recognise and promote scholarship in the field of Iranian studies. The award also honours the memory of Ali-Akbar Saidi-Sirjani (1931-1994), the noted Iranian historian, literary critic and author, in appreciation for his scholarship, courage, and indefatigable struggle for freedom of expression.
The 2020 award committee was made up of Ali Gheissari (Chair), Sussan Babaie, Ali Banuazizi, Rudi Matthee, Yann Richard