Roy Parviz Mottahedeh received a PhD in history at Harvard in 1970 for a dissertation on Buyid administration which he still hopes to publish. His book, Lessons in Islamic Jurisprudence, published in 2003, studies the philosophy of Islamic law as taught in Shi’ite seminaries. Professor Mottahedeh received an honorary degree from the University of Lund, Sweden, in 2006. He served as Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard from 2006 to 2011. His courses include History 1877a: History of the Near East, 600-1055, History 2886: Topics in Islamic History: Seminar, and Persian 300: Persian Language and Literature.