Franklin-D.-Lewis-was-an-Associate-Professor-of-Persian-Language-and-Literature-in-the-Department-of-Near-Eastern-Languages-and-Civilizations-at-the-University-of-Chicago-and-Deputy-Director-of-the-Center-for-Middle-Eastern-Studies-at-the-University-of-Chicago.-He-taught-classes-on-Persian-language-and-literature,-Islamic-thought,-Sufism,-Baha’i-Studies,-translation-studies,-and-Middle-Eastern-cinema.
Professor-Lewis-studied-at-U.C.-Berkeley-and-did-his-graduate-work-in-the-Department-of-Near-Eastern-Languages-and-Civilizations-at-the-University-of-Chicago.-His-dissertation-on-the-life-and-works-of-the-12th-century-mystical-poet-Sana’i,-and-the-establishment-of-the-ghazal-genre-in-Persian-literature,-won-the-Foundation-of-Iranian-Studies-best-dissertation-prize-in-1995.-Prof.-Lewis-previously-taught-Persian-at-Emory-University,-in-the-Department-of-Middle-Eastern-and-South-Asian-Studies.-He-founded-Adabiyat,-an-international-discussion-forum-on-the-literatures-of-the-Islamic-World-(including-Arabic,-Persian,-Turkish,-and-Urdu)-and-is-former-President-of-the-American-Institute-of-Iranian-Studies.