Journal of Persianate Societies

The journal of the Association for the Study of Persianate Socieities

he Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) is a non-governmental, non-political, not-for-profit professional organisation for researchers and scholars interested in the culture and civilization of the Persian-speaking societies and related areas in the Iranian civilizational area. The Association supports the efforts of scholars around the world. It has brought some thirty visitors from Iran and Central Asia to take part in academic and cultural conferences and conventions since it began its Travel Fellowship Program in 1998. The Central Eurasia Research Fellowship provides funds for scholars from Central Asia. The Association also posts announcements of job openings and upcoming conferences relevant for its members.

The Association’s biennial conferences have been held in Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, Pakistan, Georgia and Armenia since its inauguration in Tajikistan in 2002; the latest shall be held in Istanbul in 2015. Eight regional branches give the ASPS an international presence. Together with Brill, it publishes the Journal of Persianate Studies, which features peer-reviewed articles on the culture and civilization of the geographical area where Persian has historically been the dominant language or a major cultural force, encompassing Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, as well as the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, and parts of the former Ottoman Empire. Its focus on the linguistic, cultural and historical role and influence of Persian culture and Iranian civilization in this area is based on a recognition that knowledge flows from pre-existing facts but is also constructed and thus helps shape the present reality of the Persianate world. Such knowledge can mitigate the leveling effects of globalization as well as counteract the distortions of the area’s common historical memory and civilizational continuity by the divisive forces of modern nationalism and imperialism.


Vol. 7, 2014


Bankers and Politics: The Network of Shi‘i Moneychangers in Eighth-Ninth Century Kufa and their Role in the Shi‘i Community
Mushegh Asatryan

Illicit Acts and Sacred Space: Everyday Crime in the Shrine City of Mashhad, 1913-1914

The Shajara-ye Turk as an Important Source on the History of Relations between Khiva and Its Neighbors
Nigora Allaeva

Translation, Authority and Exegesis in Modern Iranian Sufism: Two Iranian Sufi Masters in Dialogue
Alessandro Cancian

Paradoxical Influence of the Islamicized School Education in Iran since the 1980s on Performance
Nathalie Matti

The Waziri Chain Shift
Corey Miller

Middle Persian abāz-handāxtan
Yusef Saadat

The Onion and the Mandrake: Plants in Yezidi Folk Beliefs
Victoria Arakelova

Vol. 6, 2013


Further Engaging the Paradigm of Late Antiquity
Parvaneh Pourshariati

The Ethics and Praxis of Mehr and Mithras and the Social Institution of the ʿayyārs in the Epic Romance of Samak-e ʿayyār
Parvaneh Pourshariati

Banners, Spears, Black Raiders and Byzantines: Some Textual Notes on Late Sasanian and post-Sasanian Zoroastrian Apocalyptic Texts
Dan D.Y. Shapira

“Building a New Vision of the Past in the Sasanian Empire: The Sanctuaries of Kayānsīh and the Great Fires of Iran”
Matthew P. Canepa

Marriage, Property and Conversion among the Zoroastrians: From Late Sasanian to Islamic Iran
Touraj Daryaee

Law in the Crisis of Empire: A Sasanian Example
Yaakov Elman

Late Antique Iran and the Arabs: The Case of al-Hira
Isabel Toral-Niehoff

Two Seal Impressions from Kāfer Qalʿa (Samarkand) and the Representations of Iranian Divinities
Matteo Compareti

R.R. Vasmer and His Hand-written Catalogue of Tabarestān Drachms
Konstantin V. Kravtsov

Early Persian Documents from Khorasan
Shaul Shaked

An Investigation into the Kurdish Genre of the Shāhnāma and Its Religious Dimensions
Behrooz Chamanara

Old Garment from a New Tailor: The Reception and Reshaping of Epic Material in Early Medieval Iran
Saghi Gazerani

Some Passages on Turkic Peoples in Zoroastrian Pahlavi Literature
Carlo G. Cereti

Whence Came the Asvārān? An Inquiry into the Ambiguity of Sources
Hossein Kamaly

Historiography and the Shoʿubiya Movement
Ghazzal Dabiri

The Iranian Time Reckoning and the Periodization of Iranian History into the ‘Pre Islamic’ and ‘Islamic’ Periods
Asef Kholdani

Vol. 5, 2012


The Conception of Revolution in Persianate Political Thought
Saïd Amir Arjomand

An Early Doctrinal Controversy in the Iranian School of Ismaʿili Thought and Its Implications
Ismail K. Poonawala

Persian Historical Documents of Georgia (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries): Aspects of Linguistic Analysis
Helen Giunashvili and Tamar Abuladze

The Concept of Honor and its Reflection in the Iranian Penal Code
Irene Schneider

Recent Work on the History of Afghanistan
R. D. McChesney


Islam and Constitutionalism in the Persianate World
Houchang E. Chehabi

The Ethical Literature: Religion and Political Authority as Brothers
Noah Feldman

The 1906-07 Iranian Constitution and the Constitutional Debate on Islam
Saïd Amir Arjomand

The Islamic Republic of Iran
H. E. Chehabi and Asghar Schirazi

Islam and Constitutionalism in Afghanistan
Amin Tarzi

Token Constitutionalism and Islamic Opposition in Tajikistan
Muriel Atkin

Vol. 4, 2011


Alyssa Gabbay

Julia Clancy-Smith

May You Learn from Their Model: The Exemplary Father-Daughter Relationship of Mohammad and Fatima in South Asian Shiism
Karen Ruffle

The Fatimid Caliph al-Aziz and His Daughter Sitt al-Mulk: A Case of Delayed but Eventual Succession to Rule by a Woman
Paul E. Walker

In Reality a Man: Sultan Iltutmish, His Daughter, Raziya, and Gender Ambiguity in Thirteenth Century Northern India
Alyssa Gabbay

Süleyman and Mihrimah: The Favorite’s Daughter
Christine Isom-Verhaaren

Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: A Begam’s “Ascension” in Seventeenth Century Mughal India
Afshan Bokhari


Jo-Ann Gross

Shrine Traditions of Wakhan Afghanistan
John Mock

Open Access Ecology of Time: Calendar of the Human Body in the Pamir Mountains
Karim-Aly Kassam; Umed Bulbulshoev;Morgan Ruelle

Paving the Way: Ismaʿili Genealogy and Mobility along Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway
Till Mostowlansky

Potentially an “Art Object”: Tajik Ismaʿilis’ Bāteni and Zāheri Engagement with Their Imam’s Image
Aliaa Remtilla

The Genealogical History of the Last Royal Families of Chitral and Yasin: A Preliminary Study
Hidayat ur Rahman

“The Qebla of Jāmi is None Other than Tabriz”: ʿAbd al-Rahmān Jāmi and Naqshbandi Sufism at the Aq Qoyunlu Royal Court
Chad G. Lingwood

The Extinct Dialect of Tajrish: Caspian or Persian?
Habib Borjian

The Re-creation of a Middle Eastern Story in Latin America
Rahnaward Zaryab and Guilan Siassi

Vol. 3, 2010


A Garden of Possibilities in Manuchehri’s Spring Panegyrics
Jocelyn Sharlet

The History of Modernization of Law
Mohammad-Ali Forughi

Imagining Hāfez: Rabindranath Tagore in Iran, 1932
Afshin Marashi

Iranian Language Reform in the Twentieth Century:Did the First Farhangestān (1935-40) Succeed?
Ludwig Paul

A Survey of the Discipline of Political Science in Iran
Author: Maryam Rutner


Through the Looking Glass: Kingly Virtues in Safavid and Mughal Historiography
Sholeh A. Quinn

Samarqand’s Rigestān and its Architectural Meanings
Sulhiniso Rahmatullaeva

A Picture Postcard View of the Persian Constitutional Revolution
Sassan Pejhan

A Syntacto-Cognitive Study of the Diachrony, Synchrony, Etymology and Gloss of the New Persian Formant am/an
Dariush Borbor

The Fall of the Sasanian Empire to the Arab Muslims: From Two Centuries of Silence to Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire: the Partho-Sasanian Confederacy and the Arab Conquest of Iran
Touraj Daryaee

A Survey of Russian Works on Persianate History and Culture, 2006-2010
Alexander V. Akopyan

Vol. 2, 2009


Georgia and Iran: Three Millennia of Cultural Relations An Overview
Fatema Soudavar Farmanfarmaian

Darius and the Bisotun Inscription: A New Interpretation of the Last Paragraph of Column IV
Hassan Rezai Baghbidi

Median Succumbs to Persian after Three Millennia of Coexistence: Language Shift in the Central Iranian Plateau
Habib Borjian

Persian Manuscripts: The Persianate Common Heritage of Iran with the Indian Subcontinent, Transoxiana and the Ottoman Empire
Akbar Irani

Survey of Russian Books on Iranian and Persianate Studies (2006-08)
Leila Dodykhudoeva and Bayandur Areg


Evolution of the Persianate Polity and its Transmission to India
Saïd Amir Arjomand

The Georgian Translation of Vis and Rāmin: An Old Specimen of Hermeneutics
Inga Kaladze

Symposium on the Eighteenth-Century Fracturing of the Persianate World
Paul Losensky

From ‘Ā’esha to Nur Jahān: The Shaping of a Classical Persian Poetic Canon of Women
Sunil Sharma

Infantilizing Bābā Dārā: The Cultural Memory of Dārā Shekuh and the Mughal Public Sphere
Rajeev Kinra

Literary Connections: Bahār’s Sabkshenāsi and the Bāzgasht-e Adabi
Matthew C. Smith

Accounting for Difference: A Comparative Look at the Autobiographical Travel Narratives of Hazin Lāhiji and ‘Abd-al-Karim Kashmiri
Mana Kia

Vol. 1, 2008


From the Editor: Defining Persianate Studies
Saïd Amir Arjomand

The Salience of Political Ethic in the Spread of Persianate Islam
Saïd Amir Arjomand

To Forge a Book in the Medieval Ages: Nezām al-Molk’s Siyar al-Moluk (Siyāsat-Nāma)
Alexey A. Khismatulin

Central Organisation, Tabarrokāt and Succession among the Early Cheshtis in India
Ishtiaq Ahmad Zilli

Flowers of Persian Song and Music: Davud Pirniā and the Genesis of the Golhā Programs
Jane Lewisohn

Persian Rap: The Voice of Modern Iran’s Youth
Sholeh Johnston


Social Movements in Near Eastern Cities from the 9th to the 13th Century
Valerian Gabashvili

An Historical Survey of Georgian–Iranian Relations in the Nineteenth Century
George Sanikidze

The Iranian Notion of xνar∂nah in Post-Achaemenid Georgian Kingship
Mariam Gvelesiani

Ancient and Historical Maps of Georgia and Persia
M. R. Sahab

Among the Chosen Cities: Tbilisi in the Shi’i Tradition
Grigol Beradze

Parsadan Gorgijanidze’s Exile in Shushtar: A Biographical Episode of a Georgian Official in the Service of the Safavids
Hirotake Maeda

Joseph Rousseau on Georgia and the Planned Indian Expedition (1807)
Irène Natchkebia

Two 18th-Century Royal Palaces in Georgia and Armenia
Irina Koshoridze

Two Chinese bowls from the Chini-khāna of Ardabil
Natia Rostiashvili

Persians in Georgia (1801-1921)
Marina Alexidze