The present volume is dedicated to Michael L. Bates, Curator Emeritus of Islamic Coins at the American Numismatic Society. For more than forty years, Michael has been a major figure in the field of Islamic numismatics through his writing, teaching, and being a resource for scholars, students and collectors. The list of contributors to this volume and the range of their contributions are testament to Michael's continued and vital influence on numismatic and historical studies.
This volume was previously published by the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, University of California – Irvine.
Touraj Daryaee, Ph.D. (1999), UCLA, is Professor of Iranian History and the Persianate World at UC Irvine. He has published monographs and many articles on ancient and late antique Iranian world, including Sasanian Iran in the Context of Late Antiquity: The Bahari Lecture Series at the University of Oxford (2018).
Judith A. Lerner, Ph.D. (1973), Harvard University, is a senior researcher and art historian at the University of New York. She has published monographs and articles on the history and visual culture of Iran and Central Asia from the Achaemenid to the early Islamic periods, including Seals, Sealings and Tokens from Bactria to Gandhara (4th to 8th century CE) (VÖAW, 2011).
Virginie C. Rey, PhD. (2016), University of Melbourne, is an anthropologist of museums and heritage, specialized in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Islamic museums in non-Muslim dominant societies. She has published on postcolonial museologies, non-western epistemologies; diaspora heritage and community-led patrimonial practices, including Mediating Museums: Exhibiting Material Culture in Tunisia (1881-2016) (2019).
All those interested in ancient, pre- and early Islamic Iran, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Caucasus, and northern India.