Organised by the Society for Iranian Studies (SIS) and cosponsored by the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS) Bethesda, MarylandMay 24th-26th, 2002.
The Society of Iranian Studies (SIS) was founded in 1967 to encourage and promote the international study of Iranian culture and society, including its history, language, literature and arts. In addition to publishing the Iranian Studies journal, the Society convenes the biennial “Conference on Iranian Studies” as well as organises special sessions at the annual Middle Eastern Studies Association of North America (MESA) meetings.
It also awards the annual Saidi-Sirjani Memorial Book Award. At present, the offices of the secretariat and journal are housed at the Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University.
In 2002, the IIS contributed a panel presentation as well as hosted the conference reception “Esoteric Traditions in Iranian Islam”