I.B.Tauris is pleased to announce that Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Touraj Daryaee is one of three winners of this year’s British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. The prize is awarded by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and was announced at a ceremony on Monday. Declaring the book “a masterpiece” the judges of the prize commented that it is “a very fine book indeed” and “offers a timely counterpart to Eurocentricity which has distorted the study of antiquity…[in] an extremely erudite book…the author wears his learning lightly, showing an enviable ability to distinguish the wood from the trees and write in a reader friendly manner”.
The prizes of up to £10,000 are awarded every year for the best scholarly work in English on the Middle East which has been published first in the UK. Books are judged on their originality, clarity, accessibility and their importance to the field. For more details, please see the BRISMES website.