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"On March 24, 2000 Mansour Shaki passed away at his home in Prague. Shaki’s father, Shaikh Ali Khan was a military man who had immigrated from Soviet Azerbaijan to Iran and taught in the military academy during the reign of Reza Shah. Unlike his father and his two brothers who had joined the military, Shaki was more interested in science and humanities. He did his undergraduate and part of his graduate work in England and finally finished his Ph.D. in Prague. Shaki had a Ph.D. in Physics and was a physicist by training but he spent his life teaching and doing research on Middle Persian, Persian and Sasanian social, religious, and legal history.

"In 1948 when he moved to Czechoslovakia he was introduced to Jan Rypka through his acquaintance with Sadeq Hedayat and he remained in Prague until his death. He began teaching Persian and his early works reflect his preoccupation with the Persian language and literature. The result of this period of his work were three monographs and several articles on the Persian language. In the late seventies he began working on Middle Persian as well although he was not trained in that field. His interest in the field of Middle Persian studies led him to work on Sasanian social and legal history for the rest of his life. Most of his work can be found in Archív Orientální, but he also contributed to festschrifts and memorial volumes as well as several articles in Persian. During his later years, he was a very important contributor to the Encyclopaedia Iranica and wrote significant articles to that endeavor.

"He was not only a literati but also an excellent painter. His office he had drawn a painting of Babak Khorramden, the famous Persian reble which reflected his political and spiritual leanings throughout his lifetime. He was one of the great Iranian scholars who had a keen eye for details and will be missed by the academic community in Iran and abroad."
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