Shervin Farridnejad is a Professor of Iranian Studies, History, Languages and Cultures of the Near East at the University of Hamburg and member of the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures / Cluster of Excellence Understanding Written Artefacts. He is also the director of the MA programme “Manuscript Cultures” at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC) at the University of Hamburg. He studied ancient Iranian languages, philology, religions and art history and received his PhD in Ancient/Middle Iranian and Zoroastrian Studies from the Department of Iranian Studies of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany) in 2014. He is the author of “The language of images: A study on iconographic exegesis of the anthropomorphic divine images in Zoroastrianism” (Die Sprache der Bilder: Eine Studie zur ikonographischen Exegese der anthropomorphen Götterbilder im Zoroastrismus. Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018) and co-author of A Handbook of Persian Calligraphy and Related Arts (Brill 2022). He is also the co-editor of a book series titled, Ancient Iran Series (AIS) for Brill, co-editor of the peer-reviewed edited volumes Sasanian Studies: Late Antique Iranian World for Harrassowitz Verlag as well as co.editor of the peer-reviewed journal Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review (DABIR) for Brill and many other edited volumes. His research concerns different aspects of the Antique and Late Antique Iranian Cultural and Religious History, Persianate Cultural and Religious History, most epecifucally the Zoroastrian Religion, Rituals and Literature, Dynamics and interdependencies between Zoroastrian and non-Zoroastrian in the (early) Islamic Period, Old and Middle Iranian Philology and Literature, Persianate Manuscript Cultures and Codicology as well as the Judeo-Persian Literature.
Among his last publications are: ‘The Zoroastrian Twelve Imams and the Fourteen Infallibles: Islamic Theological Terminology in Zoroastrian New Persian Literature (Zoroastrian Literature in New Persian III)’. In The Reward of the Righteous. Festschrift in Honour of Almut Hintze, edited by A. Cantera, M. Macuch, and N. Sims-Williams, 157–75. Iranica 29. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2022; ‘“Under the Banner of the Mane.” Pahlavi Letters and the Sasanian Art of Epistolography. An Unpublished Pahlavi Papyrus Letter from Sasanian Egypt, P.Pehl. 569’. In Sasanian Studies. Late Antique Iranian World, 1:57–79. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2022, as well as ‘The Banquet for the Gods: Sacrificial Meat and Bread as the Main Ritual Foods in Zoroastrian Liturgies’. In Food for Gods, Food for Mortals. Culinary and Dining Practices in the Greater Iranian World, Ed. by Shervin Farridnejad and Touraj Daryaee, 59–114. ČISTĀ. Studies in the History, Cultures and Religions of the Iranian World. Irvine, CA: University of Irvine, 2022.
As an AIS Council member:
I have been involved with the Association of Iranian Studies (AIS) since 2012 and in addition to my participation in conferences, I serves since May 2020 as Book Review Editor of the Journal Iranian Studies (Journal of the Association for Iranian Studies). As an AIS Council member, I would focus on creating more effective collaborations and exchange with scholars and students working and studying in Iran and the wider Persianate world, as well as for the promotion of Iranian and Persianate Studies all over the world.