It is my privilege to introduce to you a wonderful team comprised of Dr. Kaveh Farrokh, Dr. Ann Feuerbach, and Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani, author of the acclaimed book, "Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period." These fine Moderators of the MEIA (Middle-East, India and Africa) Forum bring a tremendous wealth of knowledge of the arms and armor of the region of Ottoman Turkey, the Middle East, India and Africa. SFI most warmly welcomes them!


Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

Dr. Kaveh Farrokh was born in Athens, Greece on September 24, 1962. His talents in history were first recognized in 1980, during his senior year at the Institut Cateaubriand in Cannes, France, where he was granted the Lenoardo Da Vinci prize for high achievement in history from the mayor. Dr. Farrokh went on to obtain his PhD on September 24, 2001 from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized on the cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers.Dr. Farrokh has been writing since the early 1990's and has contributed articles to internationally recognized academic journals such as the International Journal of the Sociology of Language and chapters for books such as the International Book of Dyslexia: A Cross-Language Comparison and Practice Guide (Wiley, 2004).He has lectured at the University of British Columbia's Persian Legacy series and has provided seminars at Stanford University's WAIS (World Association of International Studies) conference.[2] He is now a member of WAIS. The History Channel has also interviewed and filmed Dr. Farrokh on the topic of technology in acnient Persia. Dr. Farrokhs first book, which is the first to specifically discuss the Sassanian dyanasty's elite cavalry (Savaran). At present, Dr. Farrokh has completed a new book for Osprey Publishing Press entitled Shadows in the Desert: Persia at War."

Dr. Ann Feuerbach

Dr. Ann Feuerbach has an extensive list of academic credentials in different fields, a BA in Anthropology and Art History from Hofstra University and MA from New York University. She also holds a BSC in Archaeological Conservation from University College, Institute of Archaeology, and an MSC and PhD in Archaeometallurgy from UCL, Institute of Archaeology. Her PHD is entitled "Crucible Steel in Central Asia: Production, Use, and Origins." She has done extensive research on the origin of crucible steel making and did extensive field research and was a member of Merv project. She has worked with a number of archaelogists, scholars and also smiths.

Mr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani

Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani is the author of "Arms and Armor from Iran: The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period" that features a detailed analysis of Iranian arms and armor from the pre-historical times to the end of the Qajar rule in Iran. This book is based on over 800 primary and secondary sources and features a detailed analysis of over 520 artifacts from ten Iranian museums for the first time. Some selected items from private collections are also featured in this book. His article "Arms and Armor of Achaemenians and Sassanians" appeared in the summer issue of Fezana Journal in 2006. He has also written a number of online articles. He is praparing his second book "Lexicon of Arms and Armor from Iran: A Study of Symbols and Terminology" that will feature the inventory of arms and armor of another Iranian museum "The Cultural Institution of the Museums of Bonyad." Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani majored in English linguistics and Business Administration and minored in Spanish from the University of Giessen (Germany), the University of Wisconsin (USA), and Universidad de Salamanca (Spain).