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Shervin Farridnejad

Shervin Farridnejad is a postdoctoral research fellow in Zoroastrian Studies, teaching at the Institute of Religious Studies and the Institute for Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. He received his PhD in Ancient/Middle Iranian and Zoroastrian Studies (title: „The language of images: A study on iconographic exegesis of the anthropomorphic divine images in Zoroastrianism”) from the Department of Iranian Studies of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) in 2014.

His main research interest is the cultural and religious history of Zoroastrianism in late antiquity. His research interests include the ritulas and their iconoraphy, connections and exchanges between the ancient, eraly modern and contemporary Zoroastrian rituals and practices, the history of late antique Zoroastrianism, as well as the transmission of knowledge in the Ancient Near East. His research focuses also on Zoroastrian religious literature in both ancient and early modern time. His current project at TOPOI-excellence cluster is a study on “Religious Authority in Zoroastrianism and the Question of Succession: Textual Authority versus Priestly Authority”.

His current research at the Institute of Iranian studies as part of his habilitation’s project focuses also on Zoroastrian religious literature in Classical New Persian and Gujarati and aims to build up a digital archive for all corresponding manuscripts as well as providing a critical study of their genesis, formation, continuity and content.

For the list of publications and current projects see here.