Edmund Herzig is Masoumeh and Fereydoon Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wadham College (since 2006). He worked previously at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House).
His main research interests lie in the of history of Iran, the South Caucasus and Central Asia during the early modern and contemporary periods, especially in early modern trade and merchants. His most recent publications include: Early Islamic Iran (with Sarah Stewart, 2011), Iran and the World in the Safavid Age (with Willem Floor, 2012), The Transformation of Tajikistan (with John Heathershaw, 2012), and The Age of the Seljuqs(with Sarah Stewart 2014). He is also currently principal investigator of a research project on the urban history of early Islamic Afghanistan: the Balkh Art and Cultural Heritage project, supported by the Leverhulme Trust (http://www.balkhheritage.org).