Charles P. Melville

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Charles P. Melville
Born (1951-05-10) 10 May 1951 (age 72)
London, England
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (B.A.; Ph.D.)
SOAS, University of London (M.A.)
Scientific career
FieldsPersian history
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Imperial College

Charles P. Melville (born 10 May 1951) is a British academic who has been Professor of Persian History at the University of Cambridge since 2008. He is the President of the British Institute of Persian Studies. He was one of the editors of The Cambridge History of Iran (volume 7) and History of Literature of Iran.[1] He was educated in childhood at Wellington College before reading Arabic and Persian at Pembroke College, Cambridge; he went on to complete an M.A. in Islamic history at SOAS and a Ph.D. on historical seismicity in Iran.[2]

He was a research assistant at Imperial College (1974–82) and Assistant Lecturer in Oriental Studies at Cambridge. He has been a Professor of Persian History since 2008.[3]

He is married to fellow academic Dr Firuza Abdullaeva,[4] and he has two daughters: Josephine[5] and Charlotte from his first marriage.[clarification needed]


  • Every Inch a King: Comparative studies on kings and kingship in the ancient and medieval worlds, Leiden 2012
  • Persian Historiography. A History of Persian Literature X, London 2012.
  • The Russian perception of Khayyam: from text to image[6]

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  1. ^ "CAMBRIDGE HISTORY OF IRAN". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Professor Charles Melville". 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Prof. Charles Melville". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Dr Firuza Melville — Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies". Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Josephine Melville". LinkedIn.
  6. ^ "Charles P Melville". Cambridge academia. Retrieved 17 November 2016.

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