Parvaneh Pourshariati is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences at at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). She is a specialist in late antique, early medieval and modern history of Iran and the Middle East. Her first book, Decline and Fall of the Sasanian Empire (I.B. Tauris, 2008), is a fundamental read for all researchers interested in the transformation of the Sasanian empire at the end of late antiquity.
In our meeting on July 17, Prof. Pourshariati talked us through a number of important issues emerging from Decline and Fall, as well as from her recent research projects: the role of local dynasties in the Sasanian empire, the survival of local elites through political change, the importance of trade routes in Iran and Central Asia, and problems of methodology and nomenclature in the study of early Islamic history.
The meeting took place online due to Covid-19 restrictions.← Back