Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 25
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
A US researcher has won an Iranian studies book award for his scholarly work focused on Iranian monetary history, said the report from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Patrick Clawson, director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has received the Houshang Pourshariati Iranian Studies Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) for the book, "The monetary history of Iran: from the Safavids to the Qajars," which he co-wrote with Rudi Matthee and Willem Floor.
The award is named after an Iranian journalist, public intellectual, and humanist Houshang Pourshariati (1934-2004), and was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding works in Iranian studies.
The award-winning book is the first detailed study of Iran's monetary history from the advent of the Safavid dynasty in 1501 to the end of Qajar rule in 1925. Using an array of previously unpublished sources in ten languages, the authors consider the specific monetary conditions in Iran's modern history, as well as the larger regional and global economic context.
Co-authors Rudi Matthee is professor of history at University of Delaware and Willem Floor is an independent scholar specializing in the history of Iran in the Safavid and modern ages.
In addition to serving as director of research at the Washington Institute, Clawson directs the Institute's Iran Security Initiative, a flagship program focused on assessing the many points of challenge Iran poses to US and Western interest across the Middle East.
Widely consulted as an analyst and media commentator, he has authored more than 150 articles about the Middle East and international economics and is the author or editor of eighteen books or studies on Iran.
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy is based in Washington, D.C. and focuses on United States foreign policy in the Middle East.
Established in 1985, the institute's mission statement says that it seeks "is to advance a balanced and realistic understanding of American interests in the Middle East and to promote the policies that secure them."