The PISAI is proud to announce that Prof. Christopher Clohessy has, according to the nominating letter, been selected as a top international researcher in the field of Shīʻī studies and named as one of the recipients of The Islamic Republic of Iran’s 28 World Award Book of the Year, for his contribution to the study of crucial Islamic figures, especially in his book Fâṭima, Daughter of Muḥammad (Gorgias Press New Jersey 2009, 2nd edition 2018).
The award will be received in this year’s ceremony, held online in February 2021.
It is the second time that a scholar of PISAI receives the prestigious Iran’s award: in 2011 emeritus professor Michel Lagarde won the 18th World Award Book of the Year for Islamic Studies for his Les secrets de l’invisible. Essai sur le Grand Commentaire de Faẖr al-Dîn al-Râzî (Albouraq 2009).
The nominated book of Christopher Clohessy is the first publication of a list including Half of My Heart. The Narratives of Zaynab, Daughter of ʻAlî (Gorgias Press 2018) and Angels Hastening. The Karbalā’ Dreams (Gorgias Press 2021), his most recent publication. The book about Zaynab has been named as one of the 94 Best Islamic History Books of All Time. The list, drawn up by BookAuthority in conjunction with CNN and Forbes, places Prof. Clohessy’s book at number 45. The list can be viewed here: https://bookauthority.org/books/best-islamic-history-books.
PISAI warmly congratulates Prof. Clohessy on this well-deserved and prestigious achievement.
Christopher Clohessy has been a faculty member of PISAI since 2015. After his Licentiate in Arabic and Islamic Studies in 2001, he received a Doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Studies at PISAI in 2006. His field of interest is focused on Shīʻī Islam, and especially Shīʻī history and biography.