Royal Asiatic Society

Member Profile

Dr Barbara Brend


A short biography

Barbara Brend is a specialist in the field of Persian and Mughal painting. Her most recent books include Perspectives on Persian Painting: Illustrations to Amir Khusrau’s Khamsah, Muhammad Juki’s Shahnamah of Firdausi and Treasures of Herat (RAS book launch).

Barbara has long been a dedicated member of the Society, having joined in 1973 and serving in a number of different guises: as a member of Council since 2001; as Honorary Secretary from 2005-2008; and more recently as Vice-President between 2018 and 2021. Currently, she chairs the Library Committee and serves on Publications. In 2022 a Festschrift in honour of Dr Brend was published as a special issue of the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society compiled by guest editors Dr Alison Ohta, Dr Emily Shovelton, and Dr Mehreen Chida-Razvi.