The main areas of research are divided into two groups:
- Old and Middle Iranian Studies
- Iranian Studies (Islamic Period)
In the first group the exploration of the pre-Islamic (Zoroastrian) legal order and its influence on the development of other legal systems, such as the Talmudic jurisprudence or the Islamic, particularly the Shiite, law is a key area of research at our Institute and a unique one throughout the world.
A further research emphasis in the different main areas is laid on the social and legal status of women and on different aspects of gender within the dualistic world view of Zoroastrians.
More details can befound on the pages describing the particular projects.
Old and Middle Iranian Studies
- Pre-Islamic Iranian law: Works on the reconstruction of Zoroastrian/Sasanian jurisprudence
- Interaction of the Sasanian legal system with other legal systems (Jewish, Nestorian, Byzantine, Islamic)
- Economic and legal documents in the Pahlavi cursive, problems of the Pahlavi script
- Reception of Zoroastrism in the Sasanian period
- Manichaean Studies
- Editions of Old and Middle Iranian manuscripts