Dr. Shervin Farridnejad

Shervin Farridnejad studied Ancient and Middle Iranian Studies and Zoroastrianism in which he received his PhD in 2014 with a thesis entitled “The language of Images: A Study on Iconographic Exegesis of the Anthropomorphic Divine Images in Zoroastrianism” (forthcoming in Harrassowitz) from the Institute of the Iranian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. His main research interest is the cultural and religious history of Zoroastrianism in late antiquity. His current 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 is a study on “Religious Authority in Zoroastrianism and the Question of Succession: Textual Authority versus Priestly Authority”.


  • 13.1.2017
    Part of: Personale Autorität -- Persönlich

Further Activities

2015 Talk  “Kings and clerics. Ideology, power and religious authority in the ancient Iranian world: a Zoroastrian view”
part of: International workshop: Ideology, Power and Religious Change in Antiquity, 3000 BC – AD 600, 20–24 July 2015, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
2015 Talk “The Zoroastrian “Holy Book”: The Understanding and Construction of the Avesta as a Book in Zoroastrian Tradition and Oriental Studies”
part of: Books as Material and Symbolic Artifacts in Religious Book Cultures, 28–29 May 2015
2015 Talk Käte Hamburger Kolleg
at the Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr University Bochum
2015 Talk “Zoroastrian Iconoclasm: A (Re)evaluation”
part of: Symposia Iranica. The 2nd Biennial International Conference on Iranian Studies, 8-9 April 2015, Downing College, University of Cambridge
2013 Talk “Ikonographische Exegese in zoroastrischen Forschungen”
at the Seminar für Iranistik der Universität Göttingen
2012 Talk “On the Anthropomorphism and Theriomorphism of Zoroastrian Iconography in Sasanian Iran”
part of: The Ninth Biennial Iranian Studies Conference of The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) 1 – 5 August 2012, Istanbul
2011 Talk “Some Notations about the Palaeography of Avestan Manuscripts”
part of: 7th European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS), 7 – 10 September 2011, The Institute of Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University of Cracow
2011 Talk “The Iconography of Zoroastrian Angelology in Sassanian Art and Architecture”
part of: Spirits in Transcultural Skies, June 30 – July 1 2011, Karl Jaspers Centre, Universität Heidelberg
2010 Talk “Gōbadšāh. Ikonographie eines altirsnischen Mythos”
part of: 31. Deutscher Orientalistentag, 20-24 September 2010, Marburg