Dominic Parviz Brookshaw


Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham College, and Professor of Persian Literature and Iranian Culture in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford. He holds a DPhil from Oxford in premodern Persian poetry, and a BA from Oxford in Arabic with Persian. 

The focus of Professor Brookshaw’s research on premodern Persian poetry is the intersection between performance, patronage, and desire in texts produced across the medieval Iranian world. In 2020, his monography, Hafiz and His Contemporaries: poetry, performance, and patronage in fourteenth-century Iran (Hafiz and His Contemporaries: Poetry, Performance and Patronage in Fourteenth Century Iran: Dominic Parviz Brookshaw: I.B. Tauris ( won the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award granted biennially by the Association for Iranian Studies.   

In terms of the modern period, Brookshaw looks is currently working on a monograph to be published by University of Michigan Press in which he investigates the role played by poetry in the formation of a royal cultural policy in early nineteenth-century Iran. Brookshaw’s research on modern/ist twentieth-century Persian poetry is centred on Iranian poets and their dialogue with (and ultimate subversion of) the Persian poetic canon. His other research interests include poets of the Iranian diaspora, non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran, and Persian language learning.

Before arriving at Wadham in September 2013, Brookshaw taught Persian literature and language at Stanford University (2011-2013), the University of Manchester (2007-2011), McGill University (2005-2007), and the University of Oxford (2002-2005). From 2004-2014 he served as Assistant Editor for Iranian Studies. He is a former member of the Board of the International Society for Iranian Studies, and of the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies.

Updated 2/10/2023

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