FEATURE

The Multimedia Yasna Project

The Multimedia Yasna Project

Professor Almut Hintze FBA, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS University of London, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Investigator Grant of just under €2.5 million (ca. £2 million) to investigate the Yasna, the core ritual of the Zoroastrian religion. The five-year project project ‘The Multimedia Yasna’ (MUYA), led by Almut… Continue Reading

Book Reviews

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism, edited by M. Stausberg and Y. S-D. Vevaina with Anna Tessmann. Malden, Mass./Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Pp. 668. ISBN: 9781444331356 This book review originally appeared in the FEZANA Journal Winter 2015 Issue and is published here with prior permission. REVIEW BY JESSE S. PALSETIA The Companion highlights the contributions… Continue Reading

Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

Few would dispute today that religion has been playing a pervasive role in the political and social lives of people in Iran. Indeed, never has cogent understanding of religions and their complexities in Iran seem more important than in the recent decades. Increasing number of scholars are curious as to how religious attitudes and activities… Continue Reading

Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World

Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World

In Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World, Reza Zarghamee relates a shocking omission. “Ferdowsi does not mention Cyrus in the Shahnameh, and the Sasanids seemingly have no memory of him through local Persian traditions” (535). The King of Kings memorialized in Greek texts and recently celebrated with the North American tour of… Continue Reading