No.72 (2012)

This issue of the Journal has five well researched articles written by eminent scholars from the USA, Europe, Israel and India.

Raham Asha is a research scholar whose studies on Persa-Aryan linguistics often involve the reconstruction of the conceptual universe of the Mazdayasnians. The books written by him include The Cosmic Doctrine of the Magi (1995), The Medical Doctrine of the Magi (1999), The Significance of the Sacred Girdle (2005), Avesta Glossary (2009) and Jāvēdāδn Xraδ (2011).

Devaki Dhuldhoya completed her graduation from The St Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai. She is currently doing a course in photography.

After completing her graduation from The St Xavier’s College, University of Mumbai Kaizeen Jehangir is pursuing her Masters degree in history from The Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

John R. Perry is Professor Emeritus, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations, University of Chicago since 1992. He completed his Ph.D. degree in Oriental Studies (Arabic & Persian) from the Faculty of Letters, Tehran University in 1964-65. His awards and honours include the E.G. Browne Scholarship at the Pembroke College, Cambridge, 1962, the AIIS Fellowship for lexicological research in India, 1989, the Lois Roth Prize for Persian (Tajik) translation, 2003 and the JNIAS Visiting Fellow, Delhi, January- March 2012.

In 2007 he prepared lectures on “Updating the Tuti-nâma: Parrot jokes across a thousand years and three continents,” for the CMES lecture series, University of Chicago. His books include A Tajik Persian Reference Grammar. Handbook of Oriental Studies, Volume 11, Brill, Leiden, published in 2005. In 2007 he revised and updated Early Persian Lexicography: Farhangs of the Eleventh to Fifteenth Centuries, (translation of Ranniaia persidskaia leksikorafiia, Moscow,1989) by Solomon I. Baevskii, Languages of Asia series, Global Oriental Press, London.

Daniel J Sheffield completed his doctorate from The Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations in 2012. His dissertation was titled “In the path of the prophet: Medieval and Early Modern Narratives of the life of Zarathushtra in Islamic Iran and Western India”. He is currently a Link-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and a Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, USA.

He has authored “The Wizirgerd ī Dēnīg and the Evil Spirit: Questions of Authenticity in Post-Classical Zoroastrianism” which is published in the volume Iranian and Zoroastrian Studies in Honor of Prods Oktor Skjærvø, Bulletin of the Asia Institute 19, 2009. He received the Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship in 2011-2012 and the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant 2008-2009.

Samuel Thrope completed his doctorate in Jewish Studies, specialising in Talmud and Sasanian religion from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005. He has also participated in the Advanced level Persian Programme sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2009.

Since 2007 he has been an Assistant Editor editing and translating Middle Persian texts in the xml format for the ongoing project of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities under the direction of Shaul Shaked. He has transcribed and translated medieval manuscripts in the Early Judeo-Persian dialect as part of a team led by Dr. Thamar Eilam Gindin for the Friedberg Genizah Project as a researcher in 2010. He has received the Dean’s Normative Time Fellowship from September 2009-May 2010 and the CLIR / Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in Research in Original Sources during August 2010-August 2011.

His published articles include “‘The Alarming Lunch:’ Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Colonialism in Sasanian Iran;” in The Journal of Associated Graduates in Near Eastern Studies 12(1), 2007. His presentations include “On the (Ir) rationality of Divine Justice: the Massacre of the Angels in the Škand Gumānīg Wizar Critique of Judaism”, Irano-Judaica 7, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and “The Critique of Abraham in the Škand Gumānīg Wizar;” ARAM Society Conference – Zoroastrianism in the Levant, Oriental Studies, Oxford University, Oxford, England both in 2010.