Dr. Raffaele Mauriello is an historian specializing in contemporary Shi‘a Islam, international relations and geopolitics. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran. He achieved a first-class honours degree in Oriental Languages and Civilizations (2002) and a PhD in Islamic Civilization: History and Philology (2009) from the Sapienza, University of Rome. In 2013, he was awarded The World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of Islamic Studies. Dr. Mauriello is fluent in Persian, Arabic, English, Spanish, and French. His mother tongue is Italian.