In this newest manifestation the blog is operated by Sajad Amiri, Shervin Farridnejad, Yazdan Safaee and Arash Zeini.
Sajad Amiri is an independent researcher working on Iranian history in the late antique era. His main area of research are the Syriac sources pertaining to Sasanian history, especially the East Syriac hagiographical texts. Sajad has written two very useful bibliographical introductions on Sasanian history, which will soon be published on this blog.
Shervin Farridnejad is a research associate and staff member of the Institute for Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin and the Institute of Iranian studies (IFI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). He received his PhD, entitled “The language of Images: A Study on Iconographic Exegesis of the Anthropomorphic Divine Images in Zoroastrianism” (forthcoming in Harrassowitz) in Ancient/Middle Iranian and Zoroastrian Studies from the Department of Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany). His research interests include the study of pre- and early Islamic Iran, the Zoroastrian religion, rituals, art and iconography, particularly in the late antique Iranian/Persianate world. His current Habilitation project is a study on “Zoroastrian Literature in Late Middle and Classical New Persian”. This research aims to deliver a critical study of the genesis, formation, continuity and historical background of a mostly neglected and underestimated literary genre of Zoroastrian literature in New Persian, as well as preparing a critical edition of Ṣad Dar “Hundred Chapters” and some other Persian Rivāyāt. This project seeks furthermore to establish a digital database containing all extant manuscripts of the Zoroastrian New Persian texts spread all over the world.
Yazdan Safaee has an MA in the history of ancient Iran from the University of Tehran. His main research interests are Achaemenid culture and history. Yazdan’s MA thesis discusses how the Greek perception of women influenced the Greek accounts of Achaemenid history. He has published a book entitled Darius III: The Last Great King (in Persian).
Arash Zeini is a postdoctoral fellow and a member of staff at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Arash’s main research interests include the study of ancient Iran, Zoroastrianism, particularly the late antique exegesis of the Avesta, and digital humanities. In Berlin he teaches the courses ‘Themen aus der Geschichte Irans‘ and ‘Politik, Kultur und Identität im zeitgenössischen Iran‘. His doctoral dissertation, obtained at SOAS, contains at its core an edition of the Middle Persian translation (zand) of the Yasna Haptaŋhāiti, a liturgical text composed in the Old Iranian language of Avestan and commonly dated to the middle of the second millennium BCE. Jointly with Agnès Lenepveu-Hot, Arash’s dissertation received the 2015 SIE award for a European Ph.D. thesis in Iranian Studies.
Arash is the founder of Bibliographia Iranica.