Nani Gelovani, Professor of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Faculty of Humanities of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, has won the World Award for Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran for her monograph - Muslim Community of Tbilisi (1801-1917).
Ebrahim Raisi, the President of Iran, presented the award to the TSU Professor at a solemn ceremony held in Tehran on February 8 – the day marking the 105th anniversary of Tbilisi State University. On the same day, a presentation of Nani Gelovani’s book was held at the Iran Book and Literature House in Tehran.
For the first time in Georgian historiography, the book monographically studies and analyzes various aspects of the political, socio-economic and cultural life of the Muslim community in Tbilisi in 1801-1917. The work is based mainly on archival materials (more than 200 documents).
The World Award for Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran was inaugurated in 1993 with the aim of selecting and presenting worthy international books, and honoring their authors, editors, and translators for increasing general knowledge and culture, and developing public scholarship/readership with the Islamic and Iranian written heritage. In 2022, after the initial selection of 1500 books in various fields of Islamic and Iranian studies, the 41-member competition committee selected 140 books in the first stage. In the last stage of the competition, three books (2 Islamic Studies and 1 Iranian Studies) out of 24 books were selected as winners.