I am a graduate student in the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University. I have studied Persian Literature (BA) and Iranian Studies (MA), both at the University of Tehran, where I had the opportunity to master my native language, i.e., Persian, in order to cope with classical Persian literature sources with their flowery language and to become more familiar with Arabic.
Tracing the remains of pre-Islamic Iranian civilization in the Islamic period has been my primary research concern. My Master’s dissertation, entitled A Critical Edition of Ardāvīrāfnāme of Zartošt-e Bahrām-e Paždū, with an Introduction and Annotations, was an attempt to present a scholarly edition of a well-known Zoroastrian work of Persian literature, a story which narrates a Zoroastrian priest’s visionary journey through heaven and hell which has been likened to the Italian poet Dante’s Divine Comedy.
At Princeton, I would like to investigate the social history of Zoroastrians during the reign of the Safavids, the period which has numerous sources and manuscripts regarding Zoroastrians. The literary education of Zoroastrians, their correspondence with their Indian brethren (Parsis), and the Muslim readership of Zoroastrian religious literature are some aspects my research will deal with.