Pham Thi Thanh Huyen graduated with a B.A from Vietnam National University, Hanoi and gained her master’s degree from Alzahra University in Iran in 2011. Her M.A thesis was on the role of America in the relationship of Iran and Vietnam from 1953 to 1979. Since graduating, she has been working as a lecturer in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University. Now she is a Ph.D student in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore (NUS). She is particularly interested in the exchange between the Islamic World and Southeast Asia in general and Champa in particular as well as the role of Persian and Arab merchants in this relationship. The topic of her thesis is ‘Interconnections between the Islamic World and Champa from the 7th to 15th century’ (focusing on the role of maritime trade and Persian and Arab merchants) under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Bruce Lockhart.