SOAS University of London

SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies (SSPIZS)

Endangered Zoroastrian heritage of Iran: New insights from recently discovered manuscripts

Dr Saloumeh Gholami (University of Frankfurt)

Date: 30 May 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 30 May 2019Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

The Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies, in association with The World Zoroastrian Organisation, presents the 22nd Dastur Dr Sohrab Hormasji Kutar Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will be given by Dr Saloumeh Gholami (University of Frankfurt) on “Endangered Zoroastrian heritage of Iran: New insights from recently discovered manuscripts".

The lecture promises to be a very interesting talk in which Dr Saloumeh Gholami reports about her discoveries of Zoroastrian manuscripts in Yazd and Kerman.

Dr Saloumeh Gholami took her PhD at the University of Goettingen. She is currently a researcher at the Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts of the University of Frankfurt, Germany. She has conducted extensive research on the preservation of Zoroastrian culture in Iran.

Zoroastrian documentary heritage in Iran is at risk due to general neglect, poor storage and damaging environmental conditions. Since 2010 Saloumeh Gholami has been working on locating, preserving, documenting and publishing this fascinating heritage. In her talk, she will focus on three aspects of Zoroastrian endangered heritage in Iran: 1. Zoroastrian Dari language (also known as Gavri), 2. Avestan and other Zoroastrian manuscripts; 3. Historical documents. Dr Gholami reviews her activities of the recent years during which she discovered a wealth of materials in a range of different types of archives and on different subject matters. The aim of this talk is to throw new light on the life, history and culture of Zoroastrians through an examination of recently discovered materials, in particular Avestan manuscripts and historical documents

The lecture will be followed by refreshments, and all are welcome to attend.

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