Nasrin Askari is the author of The Medieval Reception of the Shāhnāma as a Mirror for Princes (Brill, 2016), which won the World Award for Book of the Year in Iran. Currently, Nasrin is working as a Research Fellow and Translator on the Persian segment of the ERC-funded project “Global Literary Theory: Caucasus Literatures Compared,” led by Professor Rebecca Gould at the University of Birmingham. Nasrin’s primary areas of research specialization are classical Persian literature, the history and culture of late antique and medieval Iran, the Perso-Islamic literature of wisdom and advice, and medieval Persian popular literature. Nasrin completed her PhD with full funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has held Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of British Columbia, where she published her first monograph and developed UBC’s first curriculum in Iranian Studies. She has also spent more than a year at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, as a Bahari Visiting Scholar in the Persian Arts of the Book to conduct research on medieval Persian manuscripts. Her annotated edition of the Mūnis-nāma, a twelfth/thirteenth-century work of wisdom and advice for the elites, especially female elites, of the Atbaegs of Azerbaijan is forthcoming in Bunyād-i Mauqūfāt-i duktur Maḥmūd-i Afshār (Dr. Mahmud Afshar’s Endowments). She is also contributing to the research project “At the crossroads of Punjabi and Persian: The Traveling Tale of the Lovers, Hīr and Raṅjhā,” led by Anne Murphy and funded by Insight Grant of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Research fellow and translator, University of Birmingham