Bringing the medieval Islamicate East to the forefront of research
Pejman Firoozbakhsh Old
Historian of the medieval Islamicate East
Pejman obtained his BA and MA degrees in Persian language and literature, and ancient Iranian languages and culture at the University of Tehran. He embarked on his doctorate in Iranian Studies at the University of Hamburg in 2014: a study of previously unknown texts in the 14th-century dialect of Shiraz and the survival of Middle Persian languages in the dialect.
Currently, Pejman is AHRC post-doctoral researcher on the Invisible East programme at the University of Oxford’s Oriental Institute. He is deciphering, transcribing and researching Persian texts from 11th-13th century Afghanistan, which are amongst the oldest surviving Persian manuscripts in the world. These texts cover a variety of topics and genres, from state to legal documents and poetry.
Pejman is principally interested in the formation and development of early New Persian, West Iranian dialects, Persian codicology and textual criticism. His publications include, ‘The Story of Rustam and Suhrāb,’ by Abu al-Qāsim Firdawsī, edited by Jalal Khaleqi Motlaq (Tehran: Sokhan 2014; rev. 2020); and ‘Calligraphic and Codicological Terminology of Tuḥfat al-Muḥibbīn,’ in Nāmeh-ye Bahārestān (vols 8- 9, nos. 13- 14, 2007- 2008, pp. 415- 424). I am also a trained calligrapher.