In this newest manifestation the blog is operated by Shervin Farridnejad, Yazdan Safaee and Arash Zeini.
Shervin Farridnejad is a research associate at 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” (Harrassowitz 2018) 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). He is Currently a PhD student at École pratique des hautes études, working on the role and status of Persian women as reflected in the administrative records from Persepolis.
Arash Zeini‘s main research interests include ancient Iran, Zoroastrianism, particularly the late antique exegesis of the Avesta, the study of Pahlavi Documents and digital humanities. He is a postdoctoral researcher at Invisible East, University of Oxford. In Berlin he taught as a faculty member various courses on the history of Iran (BA), Zoroastrianism in late antiquity and Iranian history in its (late antique) sources (MA). He recently published The Roar of Silence: A Festschrift in honour of François de Blois, a volume jointly edited with Adam Benkato. His monograph, Zoroastrian Scholasticism in Late Antiquity, 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. Arash’s dissertation, obtained at SOAS, received jointly with Agnès Lenepveu-Hotz the 2015 SIE award for a European Ph.D. thesis in Iranian Studies.
Arash is the founder of Bibliographia Iranica.