In recent years has received increasingly more negative attention. So, for instance, from Guy Geltner in Upon Leaving, published in Mittelalter. Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Rezeptionsgeschichte, 7. After’s recent move towards a more commercial business model, I decided to move my publication list to my own site. I also maintain a copy on my profile at



  • 2023 “Ritual, text and exegesis in Zoroastrianism: Revisiting the manuscripts of the Pahlavi Yasna”, ECIS10, Leiden University, 22 August 2023.
  • 2023 with Yuhan S-D Vevaina “Epistolary traditions in the margins of the caliphate: The case of two Zoroastrian brothers”, Responsa and Communal Letters Working Group, Princeton University, 18 April 2023.
  • 2023 “The birth of the abestāg from the spirit of philology”, Pourdavoud Center Lecture Series, 11 January 2023.
  • 2022 “The digital corpus of the Invisible East”, Experts workshop focused on the future development of the Open Islamicate Texts Initiative (OpenITI), University of Maryland, 29 September 2022.
  • 2022 “The birth of the abestāg from the spirit of philology”, WZO’s Annual Seminar: Zoroastrian Iran soon after the arrival of Islam, WZO, 5 June 2022.
  • 2022 “Ownership of body and soul in late antique Zoroastrian exegesis/philology”, Philology /in/ Persian, Symposium at UC Berkeley, 15–16 April 2022.
  • 2021 “Is there a Middle Persian epistolary tradition? A survey”, Islamicate Manuscripts & Texts Colloquium (IMaT) 2021: Letters, Invisible East, The Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, 30 November 2021.
  • 2020 “From Yasna to Yazišn: On the (in)significance of the ritual in late antique Zoroastrianism”, NES 160: Religions of Ancient Iran, University of California, Berkeley, 19 November 2020.
  • 2019 “From Yasna to Yazišn: On the (in)significance of the ritual in late antique Zoroastrianism”, ECIS9, Freie Universität Berlin, 11 September 2019.
  • 2019 “Mapping the ritual!”, Berlin Ediert!, Freie Universität Berlin, 26 April 2019.
  • 2017 “Middle Persian Philology and Digital Humanities”, PaDiCo Workshop, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 09 November 2017.
  • 2017 “Editing the Pahlavi Yasna”, Editing Avestan Texts in the 21st Centtury: Problems and Perspectives, Freie Universität Berlin, 24 March 2017.
  • 2016 “Capital and Yield: Sasanian Legal Terminology in Religious Context”, Freie Universität Berlin, 16 June 2016.
  • 2014 “Aspects of Zoroastrian Exegesis in the Late Antique Era”, WZO Seminar on Zoroastrian Religion, History and Culture, The World Zoroastrian Organisation, 8 June 2014.
  • 2014 “Secrecy and Canonisation in Sasanian Iran: A Scholastic Reading of the Zand”. Bahari Lecture Series: “Sasanian Iran in the Context of Late Antiquity”, Oxford Centre for Late Antiquity, University of Oxford, 20 May 2014.
  • 2014 Vortragsgsreihe: “Kingship in Ancient Iran”, School of Classics, School of History and Institute of Iranian Studies, University of St Andrews.
    • “The Return of the Avesta”. 14 May 2014.
    • “The Sasanian Empire and Religious Authority: The Case of Zoroastrianism”. 07 May 2014.
    • “Mythical Kings, Empire and Multiculturalism: The Case of the Achaemenids”. 30 April 2014.

In Press / Preparation

  • Zeini, Arash. Review of Sarah Savant: The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion. For DABIR.
  • Review of A.C.S. Peacock & D.G. Tor: Medieval Central Asia and the Persianate World: Iranian Tradition and Islamic Civilization. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
  • Review of Juano Ferrer-Losilla: Final –y in Non-Manichaean Parthian and the Proto-Parthian ‘Rhythmic Law’. Journal of the American Oriental Society.
  • Entries for Encyclopædia Iranica: Niyāyišn, Saddar Nasr, Saddar Bondahešn
  • Review of Louise Marlow. 2016. Counsel for kings: Wisdom and politics in tenth-century Iran, vol. I & II. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
  • Review of Reza Zia-Ebrahimi. 2016. The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation. DABIR.

Workshops Organised

  • 2014 “Kingship in Ancient Iran: An Interdisciplinary Workshop”. University of St Andrews, June 12–13, 2014.
  • 2014 “Introduction to TEI and oXygen”: An introductory workshop, discussing text encoding and the oXygen XML editor. The Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, 25 January 2014.

Relevant Experiences

  • 2015 TEI Simple workshop: Working with TEI Simple and its processing model. University of Oxford, 27 May, 2015.
  • 2015 Founded “Bibliographia Iranica”, a bibliographic blog.
  • 2014 Editor at DABIR Online Journal.
  • 2014 Assistant Editor at De Gruyter Open in Theology and Religious Studies.
  • 2012 Participated in the ‘Fourth Summer School on Pahlavi Papyrology. On the Threshold of Islam: Documents in the Pahlavi Cursive Script’. Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Iranistik, September 24–28, 2012.
  • 2012 Conceptualised and collaborated on a pilot project (SOAS) to investigate the pathway from text encoding to the printing of a critical edition, May–June, 2012.
  • 2010 Participated in the ‘2nd Summer School on Pahlavi Papyrology’. Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente (IsIAO), Rome, September 06–09, 2010.
  • 2010 Participated in the Summer School ‘New Western Iranian and Early Judaeo-Persian Dialectology’. University of Hamburg, Department of Iranian Studies, August 16–27, 2010.
  • 2009 Participated in the first ‘International Summer School in Pahlavi Papyrology’. Austrian National Library, Vienna, September 20–26, 2009.