The British Institute of Persian Studies is a self-governing charity bringing together distinguished scholars of, and people with an interest in, Iranian and Persianate studies.

Our grants scheme offers assistance to researchers working on our three broad Research Programmes, and our full programme of events aims to share research outcomes but also to encourage public interest in Iranian / Persianate Studies. We have an extensive library and study centre in Tehran to assist both local and international researchers, and can offer accommodation to visiting scholars and students.


Dr Leonard Lewisohn 


The British Institute of Persian Studies greatly regrets to announce the death of Dr Leonard Lewisohn, who died suddenly in California on 6th August whilst attending the Association for Iranian Studies conference. Lenny was the Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow and Senior lecturer in Persian and Sufi Literature at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (2004-2011). He studied Persian literature and Iranian religion and history at the Pahlavi University, Shiraz, and wrote a PhD thesis at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London on the Divan of Maghribi.

He was a highly regarded scholar, who was much respected for his command of the Persian language (both written and spoken) and his knowledge of Persian literature. He published widely, including making many translations from Persian. Amongst many other works, he wrote Beyond Faith and Infidelity: the Sufi Poetry and Teachings of Mahmud Shabistari (London 1995) and he edited three volumes on The Heritage of Sufism (1995-1999).

We wish to extend our deepest condolences to his widow Jane Lewisohn, who is working on the Golha project supported by BIPS, as well as his friends, family and colleagues.


  • Nomination for Governing Council 2018
  • The Phoenix Mosque: BIPS Persian Studies Series publication

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