Christoph U. Werner – President

Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Bamberg.

Christoph Werner works primarily on the social and cultural history of the Iranian world, with a special focus on the Qajar period. Other interests include waqf, codicology and diplomatics, as well as classical and modern Persian literature. Major publications include An Iranian Town in Transition (2000), Die Kujuji-Stiftungen in Tabriz (2013, with H. Tillschneider and D. Zakrzewski), Culture and Cultural Politics under Reza Shah (2014, edited with B. Devos) and Vaqf en Iran (2015), he is also co-editor of Brill’s Iran Studies series.


Nicholas Sims-Williams – Vice President

Professor Emeritus of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Nicholas Sims-Williams’ research focuses on Bactrian, Sogdian and other Middle Iranian languages of Afghanistan and Central Asia, and on the documents and Manichaean and Christian literature written in those languages. His publications include The Christian Sogdian manuscript C2 (1985); Sogdian and other Iranian inscriptions of the Upper Indus, 2 vols. (1989-1992); Bactrian documents from Northern Afghanistan, 3 vols. (2001-2012); and Iranian manuscripts in Syriac script in the Berlin Turfan collection (2012). He is also Chair of the Ancient India and Iran Trust in Cambridge and of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum.
Email: ns5[at]

℅ Ancient India and Iran Trust
23 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge CB5 8AL, United Kingdom

Christine van Ruymbeke – Secretary

Soudavar Reader in Persian Literature and Culture, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.

Christine van Ruymbeke (Ph.D 1997) is Ali Reza and Muhamed Soudavar Reader in Persian Literature and Culture at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge (UK). She is a Fellow, Graduate Tutor and the College Praelector at Darwin College, Cambridge. ( She is a long-standing member of the councils of multiple learned societies, including the Royal Asiatic (London, UK) and the Ancient India and Iran Trust (Cambridge, UK). She obtained her PhD in Persian studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and taught for several years at her home university before moving to Cambridge in 2002. She works on classical (medieval and pre-modern) Persian literature, with a special focus on the masnavis of Nezami of Ganja (12th c. AD) and on the Persian versions of the Kalila and Dimna fables (12th- 16th c. AD). She has published extensively on these and other topics related to Persian literature. Her new monograph, Kashefi’s Anvar-e Sohayli. Rewriting Kalila and Dimna in Timurid Herat, was published by Brill (Leiden) in 2016. A previous book, Science and Poetry in Medieval Persia. The Botany of Nizami’s Khamsa, received the World-prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in February 2009.

Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi

Directeur d’études, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.

Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi est professeur à l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne) où il occupe la chaire de la théologie islamique classique. ès-Lettres, membres de plusieurs sociétés savantes et de comités scientifiques de revues islamologiques et iranologiques, il a publié près de 200 articles et une dizaine de livres surtout sur la pensée shi’ite classique et l’histoire du Coran.

E-mail: Ali:Amir-Moezzi[at]

Vito Messina

Professor in Archaeology of Ancient Iran and Central Asia (University of Torino).

Co-director of the Iranian-Italian Joint Expedition in Khuzestan. Director of the projects (in)visible collections and Lost Hellenistic Sculptures of Mesopotamia and Iran. Prof. Messina’s key qualifications and research interests regard cultural interactions in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, new methods for documentation and preservation of endangered Heritage, new technologies for Cultural Heritage, administration procedures in the ancient world, royal ideology in Hellenistic Asia. He participated in a number of archaeological expeditions in Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Jordan.

E-mail: vito.messina[at]
Dipartimento di Studi Storici
via Sant’Ottavio, 20
10124 Torino

Elena Paskaleva

Leiden Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University

Dr. Paskaleva studied architecture and art history and received her PhD from Leiden University in 2010. She is currently university lecturer in Critical heritage studies at the Leiden Institute for Area Studies. Her research focuses on the material culture of Central Asia and in particular on the history and socio-political importance of Timurid architecture. Dr. Paskaleva has conducted extensive fieldwork and archival research across Central Asia and has published on the history of Timurid architecture and Soviet restoration practices.

E-mail: e.g.paskaleva[at]
Phone: +31 71 527 1692
Fax: +31 71 527 2939
Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4/Room 016B
2311 BZ Leiden
The Netherlands

Mihaela Timuș

Dr. Mihaela Timuş received her PhD in Paris, École Pratique des Hautes Études, section des sciences religieuses, chaire “Le monde iranien ancien” (2009). Co-founder of the Institute for the History of Religions (2008-) of the Romanian Academy ( ). Associated researcher to Collège de France (2013-2015). Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (2017-2018) affiliated to the Institut für Iranistik, Freie Universität and Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Publications officer of the European Association for the Study of Religion (2013-2016). Main fields of investigation : Zoroastrian religious concepts / system of thinking, Middle Persian and Middle Iranian language(s) and literature(s), history of Iranian studies, history of the history of religions.

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Treasurer: Maria Carmela Benvenuto

Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Dr. Maria Carmela Benvenuto received her doctoral degree in Historical Linguistics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2004, with a Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Etimologie mediopersiane. Orientamenti metodologici e prassi degli ultimi decenni”. From 2006 until 2008 she had a post-doc fellowship at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”and since 2008 she is Lecturer at the DOLIFIGE Department.

Her research interests range from Iranian linguistics, in particular topics regarding problems of language change and linguistic reconstruction; through morphosyntax, in particular the issues of valency and transitivity, case system and grammatical relations, argument coding; to cognitive and functional linguistics, with special focus on the expression of possession.

E-mail: mariacarmela.benvenuto[at]
Phone:+39 3470927277, +39 06 49913798
Fax: +39 06 49913499

Dipartimento delle Scienze documentarie, linguistico-filologiche e geografiche
Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia
Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma, Italy