Dr. Shaftolu Gulamadov’s doctoral dissertation, “The Hagiography of Nasir-i Khusraw and the Ismailis of Badakhshan,” has been recognized by the Foundation for Iranian Studies’ Committee on the Selection of the Best PhD Dissertation of the Year with an honorable mention “for superior scholarship, originality, clarity, and the significant contribution it makes to the field of Iranian Studies.” The dissertation was completed under the supervision of Prof. Shafique Virani at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. It was a happy twist of fate that Prof. Virani’s own dissertation had itself won this award many years ago. In his letter of nomination, Prof. Virani wrote:
Dr. Gulamadov’s research is at the cutting edge of scholarship in his field…. The precision and depth of his investigations, his use of unedited and uncatalogued manuscript works that even the topmost specialists in his field have never heard of, much less used, and his scholarly intuition set him apart. He deftly uses sources in Persian, Tajik, Russian, English, French, and several little-known Central Asian languages, such as Shughni. I have no doubt that with the publication of his work, even at this early stage of his career, he will quite possibly come to be viewed as the world’s leading scholar of Badakhshani Ismailism.
Gholam Reza Afkhami, Chair of the Ph.D. Dissertation Awards Committee, concurred, writing “This is a work done brilliantly, deserving of high acclaim…. On behalf of the committee and myself, I congratulate Dr. Gulamadov on his superb accomplishment and wish him the best in his future academic and scholarly endeavors.”
Notice of Dr. Gulamadov’s citation will appear in the journals of the Middle East Studies Association and the Association for Iranian Studies, in several Persian language publications, and on the Foundation for Iranian Studies interactive website.