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Shervin Farridnejad


Academic Profile

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
- Judeo-Persian Literatur

Post-Doc Research Projects

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).

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.


2009 The Aesthetics of Color in Persian Miniature Painting, The 7. National Conference of Persian Painting, 2009, Teheran.
2010 „Gōbadšāh. Ikonographie eines altirsnischen Mythos“ bei: 31. Deutscher Orientalistentag, 20.-24. September 2010, Marburg.
2011 "Die kulturellen und sozialen Hintergründe in den Werken von Bahman Jalali", 5. Juni 2011, bei der Ausstellung Retrospektive des Werkes Bahman Jalalis, Sprengel Museum, Hannover.
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 "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.
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) 1 - 5 August 2012, Istanbul.
2013 “Ikonographische Exegese in zoroastrischen Forschungen”, Institute of Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen.
2015 “Zoroastrian Iconoclasm: A (Re)evaluation”, Symposia Iranica. The 2nd Biennial International Conference on Iranian Studies, April 8-9. Downing College, University of Cambridge.
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 Artifacts in Religious Book Cultures, 28–29 May 2015. Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum.
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.

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


Since SS 2015 Lecturer at the Institute of Religious Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Since WS 2015 Lecturer at the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Since 05.2015 Associate member of the Excellence cluster 264 – Topoi (The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations).
Since 2015 Author of the Website Bibliographia Iranica
Since 2014 Editor of the peer-reviewed journal DABIR (Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review).
Since 2014 Member of the research group “Sasanika: Late Antique Near East” (University of California, Irvine).
Since 2011 Member of the research group “Corpus Avesticum for a new edition of the Avesta” (CoAv).
Since 2010 Member of the research group “Avestan of Digital Archive” (ADA).
Since 2007 Member of the Graduate School of Humanities Göttingen (GSGG).
2013 – 2014 Research assistant of Prof. Dr. Philip G. Kreyenbroek at the book project “The Zoroastrian Tradition and Oral Transmission” [working title], Institute of Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
2010 – 2013 Member of the post graduate program 896: “Götterbilder – Gottesbilder – Weltbilder: Polytheismus und Monotheismus in der Welt der Antike”, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Sample Publications

Die Sprache der Bilder: Eine Studie zur ikonographischen Exegese der anthropomorphen Götterbilder im Zoroastrismus. Iranica 27. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018.

Current Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin