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...


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...


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.


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.  



Frankie Enticknap

Frankie Enticknap is a graduate of Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at the University of Oxford. In the autumn of 2020 she helped to organise the Shahnama Centre’s new library, catalogue its artworks, update its website and conduct digitisation of its manuscripts


Archie Williams

Archie is a recent History graduate of the University of Cambridge, where his undergraduate dissertation argued that the illustrative programme of the 1648 Windsor Shahnama MS Homes 151 (A/6) may be read as an allegory on centre-province relations in late Safavid Persia. In addition to using the Royal Collection archives, his dissertation drew on images and information obtained from the the Shahnama Project website, and benefitted greatly from the advice and support of Dr Firuza Melville. He is currently studying for an MPhil in Islamic Art and Architecture at the Khalili Research Centre at Oxford University, where his work is focussed on North and Subsaharan Africa. As such, he enjoyed his internship at the Shahnama Centre as an opportunity to reconnect with the Persian material which first sparked his interest in Islamic art. 

Here is Archie's essay "The Cartoonist and the Demon-King: How the Shahnameh became Wartime Propaganda", which he prepared working as intern at the Centre: