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Bita Daryabari

Bita Daryabari embodies the spirit of humanist philanthropy. She received her bachelor in Computer Science then Master’s degree in Telecommunication Management at Golden Gate University in California. Upon graduation, she joined GammmaLink, Inc., one of the early pioneers in the field of telecommunications. She later moved to MCI Communications where, more than once, she received...

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Professor Charles Melville

Charles Melville is Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. He has a BA (1st class Hons.) in Arabic and Persian from Cambridge (1972), an MA in Islamic History (London SOAS, 1973) and a PhD on the Historical seismicity of Iran (Cambridge, 1978). His main research interests are in the history and historiography of Iran in the Mongol to Safavid periods (13th-17th centuries), and...

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Dr Firuza Melville

Dr Firuza Melville is a graduate (BA, MA honour) of the Iranian Philology Department, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St Petersburg University, where she received her PhD in Iranian philology, Art and Islamic Studies in 1989. She was an Associate Professor at the University of St Petersburg when she joined the Cambridge Shahnama Project in 2002 after a term at the Institute for Advanced...

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Fatima Zahra Hassan

Fatima Zahra Hassan was educated at the National College of Art Lahore and Royal College of Art London where she got her MA with distinction and was then offered to do PhD in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London in 1997. Zahra, as she prefers to be called has taught since 1994, extensively on Indian, Mughal & Persian miniature painting and drawing...

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Hamid Reza Ghelichkhani

Hamid Reza Ghelichkhani started learning calligraphy in 1984 together with well-known masters such as Amirkhani and Movahed Hosseini, and received his degree with distinction in 1989. In 1994 he published his calligraphy reference book entitled A Dictionary of Calligraphy and the Related Arts and since then, he has published twelve books on the subject. He has also been a chair in numerous conferences and seminars...

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Jonathan Pittock

Jonathan Pittock, owner of the company SKN3, is a web developer, programmer and artist. Jonathan has a history of working with computer game development but has also polished his skill to develop websites. Jonathan has many years of working with web technologies which he has utilised to create a platform for the Pembroke Shahnama Websites.

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Loully Saney

Loully Saney is a Politics major at Princeton University pursuing a certificate in Near Eastern Studies. In the summer of 2011 she interned for the Shahnama Project, specifically working on expanding communications through enhancing the online presence of the Project. Among other activities she helped setting up and organising the Shahnama Project at Cambridge Facebook webpage. Loully also worked on the project website...

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Maryam Serajiantehrani

Ms Maryam Serajiantehrani has a BA in Persian Literature from University of Tehran, a BA in English Literature from Islamic Azad University-Tehran North Branch, and an MA in English Literature from Islamic Azad University-Tehran Central Branch. She was also doing an MA in Persian Literature at Allameh Tabataba’i University but had to withdraw to start her PhD at the University of Cambridge.

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Misha Kordestani

Misha Kordestani worked on the Shahnama Project as an intern in the summer of 2013. Although she thinks of her future University studies to be more connected with science, Misha used three weeks of her vacation to learn in quite an intense way about the history of Persian culture, in which she has developed a very strong interest together with her family. It was beneficial for the Project, apart from her contribution...

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Naciem Nikkhah

It was in 2011 when Naciem Nikkhah first stepped into the office of the Shahnama Project to start volunteering as an online editor. First on site, and now from Northern California, Naciem continues to review the textual content accompanying the images of the Shahnama manuscripts acquired from collections around the world and displayed on the website of the Cambridge Shahnama Project database.

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Peyvand Firouzeh

Peyvand completed her BA (2004) and MA (2007) in architecture at the University of Art in Tehran. After having worked as a teaching assistant in the same institution and as an architect, she came to Cambridge in 2010 to do an MPhil in History of Art and Architecture. In her dissertation, she studied representations of architectural perception in travelogues and geographical treatises of 11th and 12th-century Iran.

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Sergey Feofanov

Sergey Feofanov worked as a senior stage and graphic designer for the editorial board at the Central Channel of the National Russian Television (programmes for children) between 1978 and 1987. He also worked as a stage designer at children’s theatres in Russia and abroad. In 1986 he was the director of the project design...

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Veronica Shimanovskaya

Ms Veronica Shimanovskaya has a BA+MA in Architecture from the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in St.Petersburg, an MA in Liberal Arts from Harvard University and an MA in Fine Art from the School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London, where she is currently engaged in the Professional Doctorate programme.

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Emilio Risoli

Emilio Risoli is currently a sixth form student at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire. In the near future he intends to apply to Cambridge to read history. During the summer of 2015 he helped out with the Shahnama project as an intern, especially concentrating on the presence of Shahnama in various media outlets, reading and preparing materials for the Centre’s website.  

 

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Ünver Rüstem

Ünver Rüstem specialises in the art and architecture of the Islamic world, with a focus on the Ottoman Empire in its later centuries. He is particularly interested in East-West intersections and interactions, and his BA and MA, both from the University of London (SOAS and UCL), were jointly in Islamic and European art history. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University, where he wrote a dissertation on the architectural transformation of eighteenth-century Istanbul, a project for which he was awarded a Junior Fellowship at Istanbul's Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. Before coming to Cambridge, he was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow and Lecturer at Columbia University.

 

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