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Dr. Shervin Farridnejad

Farridnejad 19

Institute of Iranian Studies

Postdoctoral Academic Fellow / Staff Member

Library Representative for Iranian Studies and Indology

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Fabeckstr. 23-25
Room 1.1023
14195 Berlin

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Courses Summer Semester 2021

Courses Winter Semester 2020/2021

Courses Summer Semester 2020

Courses Winter Semester 2019/2020

Courses Summer Semester 2019

Courses Winter Semester 2018/2019

Courses Summer Semester 2018

Courses Winter Semester 2017/2018

Courses Summer Semester 2017

Courses Winter Semester 2016/2017

  • Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

SoSe 2021

LV (Seminar) "The Emergence of National Identity from Ērānšahr to Iran: Religious, Political and Social Strategies from Antiquity to the Present Day"

LV (Seminar) "Cultural Memory: An Introduction to Pre-modern Iranian Literature and Written Testimonies"

WiSe 2020/21

LV (Fundamental Course) "Zoroastrian Middle Persian (Pahlavi) Language and Literature"

SoSe 2020

LV (Seminar) "Gods, monsters, superheroes and lovers: themes from Iranian mythology and Indo-Persian literature"

WiSe 2019/20

LV (Seminar) "In the Garden of Languages: Iranian Poetry and Imagery from Avesta to the Indo-Persian Literature"

SoSe 2019

LV (Seminar) "Heroes, monsters and lovers: Literary figures and themes from the Persianate world in past and present"

WiSe 2018/19

LV (Seminar) "Iranian poetry, stylistics and imagery from ancient times up to the Safavid period"

  • Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna

SoSe 2018

VO (Vorlesung) „Zarathustra and his religion: Belief and Rituals from Ancient Persia to Contemporary India

  • Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

WiSe 2017/18

LV (Seminar) „Von altpersischen Inschriften bis zur Ṣūfī-Literatur: Bilderwelt, Stilistik und Rhetorik der klassischen persischen Poesie

SoSe 2017

LV (Seminar) "Die jüdisch-persische und zoroastrische Literatur unter islamischer Herrschaft: Eine Literaturgeschichte des orientalischen Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit"

WiSe 2016/17

LV (Seminar) „Geschichte und Entwicklung der klassischen persischen Literatur (von deren Anfang bis zu den Safaviden)

WiSe 2015/16

LV (Seminar) „Jüdisch-persische Texte und Literatur“.

  • Institute of Religious Studies, Freien Universität Berlin

SoSe 2015

LV (Seminar) „Das Frauenbild in den Religionen des antiken Orients (Schwerpunkt Zoroastrismus)“.

WiSe 2015/16

LV (Vorlesung) „Einführung in die griechische Mythologie und ihre Rezeption“ (as teaching assistant)
LV (Seminar) „Zwischen Faszination und Skepsis: Religion im Film“ (as teaching assistant)

SoSe 2016

LV (Seminar) „Zoroastrische Religion und Rituale: Geschichte und Gegenwart
LV (Seminar) „Religiöse Schriften des alten Orients: Zoroastrismus, Hinduismus, Manichäismus und Judentum

  • Institute of Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

SoSe 2013

LV (Seminar) „Zoroastrische Rituale und Ritualliteratur Geschichte und Gegenwart“; together with Prof. Dr. Kianoosh Rezania.

WiSe 2010/11

LV (Seminar) „Forschungsmethoden in der iranischen Religionsgeschichte: Iranische Mythologie im Avesta und in mittelpersischen Quellen“; together with Prof. Dr. Philip Kreyenbroek.

WiSe 2009/10

LV (Übung) zum Seminar „Einführung in das Mittelpersische“.

WiSe 2009/10 bis WiSe 2013/14

LV (Tutorium) „Neupersisch“.

SoSe 2019

LV (Übung) zu den Seminaren „Avestisch: Gatha-Lektüre; Avestisch I

SoSe 2009

LV (Übung) zu den Seminaren „Avestisch: Gatha-Lektüre; Avestisch I-II“.

  1. Main Research Focal Points
  2. Habilitation Project
  3. Research Plan
  4. Post-Doc Research Projects
  5. Lectures
  6. Deputy Professorship
  7. Affiliations & Work Experience
  8. Workshops/Conferences Organised
  9. Public Relations Activities
  10. Other Experiences

Main Research Focal Points

  • Antique and Late Antique Iranian Cultural and Religious History
  • Zoroastrian Religion, Rituals and Literature

  • Dynamics and interdependencies between Zoroastrian and non-Zoroastrian in the (early) Islamic Period

  • Zoroastrian Art and Iconography
  • Old and Middle Iranian Philology and Literature
  • Persianate Manuscript Cultures and Codicology
  • Judeo-Persian Literatur

Habilitation Project

  • Since Sep 2016: Habilitation project: Zoroastrian religious literature in Classical New Persian and Gujarati: A critical study of their emergence, continuity and content along with an annotated edition of Ṣad Dar "Hundred Chapter / Gates (a Classical New Persian catechism in several pros and verse versions)". The preparatory work for the construction of a digital archive for all extant manuscripts as well as the Ṣad Dar edition has already been carried out at the Institute for Iranian Studies (IFA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) in Vienna (Link).

Research Plan

  • Zoroastrian New Persian Revāyāt. A philological-religious study on the tradition of Zoroastrian literature in the New Persian language. The primary focus is to provide an annotated edition of both the individual and collective Persian Revāyāt. Furthermore, the project aims to present a religious-historical investigation of the Zoroastrian rituals and customs in the early modern period. (in preparation)

Post-Doc Research Projects

  • Since Juli 2015: Research project “Religious Authority in Zoroastrianism and the Question of Succession: textual authority versus priestly authority” within the framework of the research group B-5-1: The personal authorization of knowledge in ancient succession narratives in the excellence cluster 264 – Topoi (The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations) (Link)
  • 11.2014 – 04.2015: Research project “Paradiesvorstellung im Zoroastrismus: eine religionshistorische Untersuchung” at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.

Lectures

  • 2021 "The Jewish Ḥāfeẓ: Jewish Ṣūfīs and the Mystic Classical Persian Poetry", in International Workshop "Narratives of Being Jewish in the Middle East",Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 3–4 May 2021.
  • 2019 "Persian Zoroastrian Revāyāt and the knowledge of Rituals of late medieval and pre-modern Zoroastrianism", in: the 9th European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS), 9 - 13 September 2019, Institut für Iranistik, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2019 "Persian Paleography: A Millennium of Writing in Various Orthographic Traditions", in International Summer School: Cultures of Documentation in Persianate Eurasia (15th-19th Centuries), Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 2–7 June 2019.
  • 2019 “Death and Destruction: Zoroastrians during Turco-Mongol Invasions and in the Aftermath", in International Conference: The Mongols and Religions, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 16–17 May 2019.
  • 2018 "The Language Ecology of Zoroastrians: Classical New Persian Revāyāt/Rivāyāt as a source for the manuscript and knowledge transmission of late medieval and pre-modern Zoroastrianism", in International Workshop: Beyond Printed Sources: Medieval Manuscripts as Evidence for the History of the Persianate World, Institute of Iranian Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, 10–11 July 2018.
  • 2017 “Continued Existence of the Imagery Repertoire of Sasanian Court Ceremonies and Rituals in the Islamic Art”, in the international conference "Sasanian Elements in Byzantine, Caucasian and Islamic Art and Culture”, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM), Mainz October 18–20, 2017.
  • 2017 “Hārūt and Mārūt vs. Hauruuatāt and Amərətāt: Some Considerations about Their Origin and Myth”, within the panel “Quran and Islamic Tradition in Comparative Perspective” with the theme: “The Angels Harut and Marut in Islamic Tradition” in the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Berlin, August 7-11, 2017.
  • 2017 “Judeo-Persian Miniature Painting and Illustrated Manuscripts from late 17th to early 20th centuries (Late Safavid and Qajar Period)” in 2. Iranistik-Forum: Kunst, Kultur, Literatur & Gesellschaft im Iran während der Qadscharen-Dynastie, 30th June to 2nd July 2017; Cultural Department of the Embassy of the I.R. Iran; Berlin, July 2, 2017.
  • 2017 “Iranisches Judentum im Spiegel der judäo-persischen Literatur” [Iranian Jewry as reflected in Judaeo-Persian Literature] as part of the lecture series: Kulturwissenschaftliche Iranforschung, organized by the Institute of Iranian studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Österreichischen Orient-Gesellschaft Hammer-Purgstall; Vienna, 20th June 2017.
  • 2017 “Fear the daēuuas, even if bearing gifts!” Demonic Gifts and Counter-Gifts in Zoroastrianism, in the international joint event “Dangerous Gifts & Pernicious Transactions from Antiquity to the Digital Age” organized by Institute for Advanced Study at CEU and the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at CEU, Budapest, Hungary, May 19, 2017.
  • 2017 “Zoroastrian Iconoclasm in Late Antiquity: A Controversy”, Open Lecture at the Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, May 2, 2017.
  • 2017 “The Language of the Gods: Some Reflections on the Origin of the Language in Zoroastrianism”; in Thinking in Many Tongues Reading Seminar: Myths on the Origin of Language or on the Plurality of Languages, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin.
  • 2017 “Zoroastrian Manuscripts in Classical New Persian. The Manuscripts of Ṣad Dar in Central European Libraries: A Work in Progress”, The international conference on “Persian Manuscripts in the Balkans and Central Europe”, organized by the Center for Iran, Balkans and Central European Studies in partnership with the Cyril and Methodius National Library of Bulgaria and the “St. Kliment Ohridski” Sofia University, Bulgaria.
  • 2016 “Homo Ritualis ‒ Rituale und rituelle Traditionen im zoroastrischen Leben” [Homo Ritualis ‒ Rituals und Ritualistic Traditions in Zoroastrianism], as part of the lecture series: Kulturwissenschaftliche Iranforschung, organized by the Institute of Iranian studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Österreichischen Orient-Gesellschaft Hammer-Purgstall; Vienna, Jan. 23, 2016.
  • 2015 “Kings and clerics. Ideology, power and religious authority in the ancient Iranian world: a Zoroastrian view”, International workshop: Ideology, Power and Religious Change in Antiquity, 3000 BC – AD 600, 20–24 July 2015, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
  • 2015 “The Zoroastrian “Holy Book”: The Understanding and Construction of the Avesta as a Book in Zoroastrian Tradition and Oriental Studies”, Books as Material and Symbolic Artefacts in Religious Book Cultures, May 28–29, 2015. The Käte Hamburger International Centres in the Humanities, Centre for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum.
  • 2015 “Zoroastrian Iconoclasm: A (Re)evaluation”, Symposia Iranica. The 2nd Biennial International Conference on Iranian Studies, April 8-9. Downing College, University of Cambridge.
  • 2013 “Ikonographische Exegese in zoroastrischen Forschungen”, Institute of Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.
  • 2012 “On the Anthropomorphism and Theriomorphism of Zoroastrian Iconography in Sasanian Iran”, The Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference of The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), August 1-5, 2012, Istanbul.
  • 2011 “Some Notations about the Palaeography of Avestan Manuscripts”, 7th European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS), 7 - 10 September 2011, The Institute of Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University of Cracow.
  • 2011 “The Iconography of Zoroastrian Angelology in Sassanian Art and Architecture”, Spirits in Transcultural Skies, June 30 - July 1, 2011, Karl Jaspers Centre, Universität Heidelberg.
  • 2011 “Die kulturellen und sozialen Hintergründe in den Werken von Bahman Jalali”, 5th June 2011, accompanying programme of the exhibition “Retrospektive des Werkes Bahman Jalalis”, 29th Ma y– 25th September 2011, Sprengel Museum, Hannover.
  • 2010 “Gōbadšāh. Ikonographie eines altirsnischen Mythos”, 31. Deutscher Orientalistentag, 20.-24. September 2010, Marburg.
  • 2009 “The Aesthetics of Color in Persian Miniature Painting”, The 7. National Conference of Persian Painting, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) ,2009, Tehran.

Deputy Professorship

  • SS 2016 Carrying out the duties of a deputy professorship of „Antike Religion und Kultur sowie deren Rezeptionsgeschichte“ in the Freie Universität Berlin

Affiliations & Work Experience

Workshops/Conferences Organised

  • 2019 The 9th European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS), 9 - 13 September 2019, at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (co-organizer).
  • 2019 International academic book exhibition at the 9th European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS), 9 - 13 September 2019, at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 2017 The 5th meeting of the Corpus Avesticum. Editing Avestan Texts in the 21th. Century. „Problems and Perspectives“, at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, March 23-24, 2017. (co-organizer)
  • SS 2017 Public Lecture Series "Ritual and Time" in Summer Semester 2017, at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, 26.04.2017 - 12.07.2017 (co-organizer).

Public Relations Activities

Other Experiences

  • 2012 Participation in the ‘Fourth Summer School on Pahlavi Papyrology. On the Threshold of Islam: Documents in the Pahlavi Cursive Script’. Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Iranistik, September 24–28, 2012.
  • 2011 Participation in the 3rd International Summer School in Pahlavi Papyrology, Mondes iranien et indien and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris.
  • 2010 Participation in the ‘2nd Summer School on Pahlavi Papyrology’. Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO), Rome, September 06–09, 2010.
  • 2010 Participation in the first Summer School ‘New Western Iranian and Early Judaeo-Persian Dialectology’. University of Hamburg, Department of Iranian Studies, August 16–27, 2010.
  • 2010 Qualified as „Junior-Teacher“ in th eframe of Hetairos Programme – learning academic teaching from professionals, Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG) an the University Didactics unit of Göttingen University.
  • 2009 Participation in the first ‘International Summer School in Pahlavi Papyrology’. Austrian National Library, Vienna, September 20–26, 2009.
  • 2009 Participation in the 4th Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics. Indo-European and Iranian program, the Faculty of Humanities of Leiden University.
  1. Monographs
  2. Editorial Works (Books)
  3. Editorial Works (Peer-reviewed Journals)
  4. Papers and Contributions to Books
  5. Reviews
  6. In Preparation / Press
  7. Selected Publications in Persian

Monographs

Editorial Works (Books)

  • Zaraθuštrōtǝma: Zoroastrian and Iranian Studies in Honour of Philip G. Kreyenbroek. Ancient Iranian Series 10. Irvine, CA: Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, University of California, Irvine, 2020.
  • together with A. Joisten-Pruschke, and R. Gyselen, eds. Faszination Iran. Beiträge zur Religion, Geschichte und Kunst des Alten Iran. Gedenkschrift für Klaus Schippmann. Göttinger Orientforschungen. III. Reihe: Iranica, Neue Folge 13. Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015.
  • The Avestan Manuscript 4060 (RSPA230), Videvdad Iranian Sade of the British Library. Avestan Digital Archive Series 75. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca, 2014.

Editorial Works (Peer-reviewed Journals and Book Series)

Papers and Contributions to Books

  • ‘Cow Sacrifice and the Hataria’s Dedicatory Inscription at the Zoroastrian Shrine of Bānū-Pārs’. The Digital Archive of Brief Notes & Iran Review (DABIR) 7 (2020): 101–11.
  • ‘Zoroastrian Pilgrimage Songs and Ziyārat-Nāmes (“Visitation Supplications”). Zoroastrian Literature in New Persian II’. In Zaraθuštrōtǝma. Zoroastrian and Iranian Studies in Honour of Philip G. Kreyenbroek, edited by Shervin Farridnejad, 115–92. Ancient Iranian Series 10. Irvine, CA: Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, University of California, Irvine, 2020.
  • ‘The Iconography of Zoroastrian Angelology in Sassanian Art and Architecture’. In Spirits in Transcultural Skies, Auspicious and Protective Spirits in Artefacts and Architecture Between East and West, Herausgegeben von Katharina Weiler und Niels Gutschow, 19–41. Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context. Zürich: Springer Verlag, 2015.
  • ‘Das Zoroastrische Schlangenbuch „Mār-Nāme“. Zur zoroastrischen Volksreligion und Ophiomantik’. In Faszination Iran Beiträge zur Religion, Geschichte und Kunst des Alten Iran. Gedenkschrift für Klaus Schippmann, Herausgegeben von Shervin Farridnejad, Rika Gyselen, und Anke Joisten-Pruschke, 51–86. Iranica, GOF III/NF 12. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015.
  • ‘Take Care of the Xrafstars! A Note on Nēr. 7.5’. The Digital Archive of Brief Notes & Iran Review (DABIR) 1 (2015): 11–13.
  • ‘Die Diadochen Zaraθuštras: Sukzession und Religiöse Wissensvermittlung im Zoroastrismus’. In Sukzession in Religionen. Autorisierung, Legitimierung, Wissenstransfer. Ein Handbuch, edited by Almut-Barbara Renger and Markus Witte, 133–58. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2017.
  • ‘Scriptural and Personal Authority in Zoroastrianism’. In Autorität in antiker Religion und Wissenschaft. Akteure und Repräsentationen authority banner, Herausgegeben von Almut-Barbara Renger & Markus Asper,. Belin: De Gruyter (in Bearbeitung).

Reviews

  • ‘Review of Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. By Touraj Daryaee (New York, NY: I. B. Tauris, 2009. Pp. xxvi, 225)’. Iran Nameh 27, no. 2–3 (2012): 276–83.
  • ‘Persepolis & Political Economy in Ancient Persia. A Review of Persepolis in Context: A Landscape Study of Political Economy in Ancient Persia, by Tobin Montgomery Hartnell; University of Chicago. 2012’. Dissertation Reviews, 2013, Online Resource.
  • ‘Review of Timuş, Mihaela. 2015. Cosmogonie et Eschatologie: Articulations Conceptuelles Du Système Religieux Zoroastrien. (Cahiers de Studia Iranica 54). Paris: Peeters Press. 288 Pp., €30.00, ISBN 978-2-910640-40-8.’ The Digital Archive of Brief Notes & Iran Review (DABIR) 2 (2016).
  • ‘Review of Mayrhofer, Manfred: Einiges Zu Den Skythen, Ihrer Sprache, Ihrem Nachleben.  Wien: Verlag Der Österreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften 2006. 48 S. 8° = Phiosophisch-Historische Klasse. Sitzungsberichte, 742 ; Veröffentlichungen Zur Iranistik, 36. Kart. € 15.20. ISBN 978-3-7001-3731-3.’ Orientalistische Literaturzeitung (OLZ) 111, no. 6 (2016): 515–17.
  • ‘Review of Mendoza Forrest, Satnam K. Witches, Whores, and Sorcerers: The Concept of Evil in Early Iran. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2012.’ The Digital Archive of Brief Notes & Iran Review (DABIR) 4, no. 1 (2017): 86–90.
  • 'Review of Cantera, Alberto, Ed. The Transmission of the Avesta. Iranica 20. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012.’ Orientalistische Literaturzeitung (OLZ) 113, Nr. 4–5 (2019): 385–389.
  • ‘From Khorasan to Bombay: Deeds and Works of a Zoroastrian High Priest [Review of Kotwal, Firoze M. The Collected Scholarly Writings of Dastur Firoze M. Kotwal. Edited by Firoza Punthakey Mistree and Cashmira Vatcha Bengalli. Mumbai: Parzor Foundation, 2018]’. Jam-e-Jamshed Weekly, 11 August 2019: 25–27.

In Preparation / Press

  • The four Ṣad Dars — An annotated edition and translation of the Zoroastrian manuals of religious lore and customs.
  • A Chrestomathy of Judeo-Persian Literature: Selected texts from the 8th to the 19th century CE.
  • The Persian Rivāyat of Dārāb Hormazyār (Preliminary Studies: Text and Translation)
  • ‘Death and Destruction: Zoroastrians during Turco-Mongol Invasions and in the Aftermath’. In Central Asiatic Journal, eds. Francesca Fiaschetti and Bruno De Nicola. Special Issue: The Mongols and Religions 62. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.
  • ‘The Royal Farmān and the Abolition of Zoroastrian Poll Tax in Qajar Iran’. Himalayan and Central Asian Studies 24 (2020).
  • ‘Fire Temples in the Seleucid, Arsacid and Sasanian Periods’. In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa, eds. Daniel T Potts, Ethan Harkness, Jason Neelis and Roderick J McIntosh. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • ‘Zoroastrian Iconography at the Seleucid, Arsacid and Sasanian Periods, 333 BC to 640 AD’. In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa, eds. Daniel T Potts, Ethan Harkness, Jason Neelis and Roderick J McIntosh. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • ‘Anahita at the Achaemenid Period’. In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History: Asia and Africa, eds. Daniel T Potts, Ethan Harkness, Jason Neelis and Roderick J McIntosh. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Selected Publications in Persian