Monday 12 August 2013

Kaveh Farrokh: Best History Book Award of 2008

Kaveh Farrokh is winner of the “Best History Book of 2008” (under WAALM’s category of Literature). The award was for  Kaveh Farrokh’s:

Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War-Персы: Армия великих царей-سایه‌های صحرا-”

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize nominated World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media (WAALM) supports, develops and promotes the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions. WAALM regularly identifies and rewards excellence, inspires practitioners, and benefits the public, by means of awarding events.

The award granted is the Persian Golden Lioness statuette OR Diploma & Gold Medal of Excellence. For a full introduction to WAALM and the events please consult the widely consulted Persian Mirror magazine.
The awards for 2008 were granted on October 31st , 2008. The collage of highly distinguished winners in WAALM’s 2008 were:
Shadows in the Desert has been reviewed in peer-reviewed journals such as:
Shadows in the Desert has also received praise by the following world-class academics (for more information, kindly click here):
  • Professor Emeritus Richard Nelson Frye of Harvard University, who wrote the foreword of Farrokh’s text

Meeting the Doyens of Iranian Studies: Farrokh greets Professor Emeritus Richard Nelson Frye of Harvard University (shaking hands with Farrokh) and world-renowned Iranologist, Dr. Farhang Mehr (at center), winner of the 2010 Merit and Scholarship award (photo from Persian American Society,March 1, 2008).  As noted by Mafie, Professor Frye of Harvard University wrote the foreword of Farrokh’s text stating that “…Dr. Kaveh Farrokh has given us the Persian side of the picture as opposed to the Greek and Roman viewpoint …it is refreshing to see the other perspective, and Dr. Farrokh sheds light on many Persian institutions in this history…” (consult Mafie, 2010, pp.2).  
Shadows in the Desert has been cited:
Farrokh has been interviewed regarding Shadows in the Desert by:
Farrokh at the WAALM ceremonies of November 2008. Prior to his speech at the WAALM event, the sponsors noted in their introduction of Kaveh Farrokh that one of the reasons why Shadows in the Desert was nominated for this prize was because the text has been found to be “…unbiased, and supported by proof and credentials…”. This evaluation is based on the collective decision by a 14-member panel of world-class academics of Iranian Studies.

Farrokh receiving the Golden Persian Lioness Award for “Best History Book of 2008″ from Michael Gayle (Political Section-Iran Affairs) of the U.S. Embassy in London) on October 31st, 2008 in London.

Shadows in the Desert has been translated into Persian and Russian.

Shadows in the Desert Ancient Persia at War - Recent Persian translation by Qoqnoos Publishers with the English to Persian translation having been done by Shahrbanu Saremi (at LEFT),  The original publication by OspreyPublishing  (at CENTER) the Farrokh text  translated  into Russian (consult the Russian EXMO Publishers website) (at RIGHT).

Following the award ceremonies, Farrokh, Eric Jerpe and Ren Hakim engaged in a book signing session. Each of these WAALM awardees signed a total of 29 books to commemorate the peaceful arrival of Cyrus the Great (575-530 BC) to Babylon on October 29th, 543 BC, and his proclamation of support and respect for the religious and cultural freedoms of the diverse peoples of the empire such as the Jews and the Babylonians.

Farrokh at the WAALM event in London on October 31st 2008.