Mahnaz Moazami


Dr. Mahnaz Moazami is a graduate of the Universities of Tehran and Paris-Sorbonne, where she studied Old and Middle Iranian languages, and historical anthropology of ancient religions. She has held post-doctoral research fellowships at Harvard and Yale, and since 2008 has taught courses as a Visiting Professor at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies of Yeshiva University. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Religion at Columbia’s Department of Religion. Her research focuses on religion in pre-Islamic Iran, and has published several articles on different aspects of Zoroastrianism. Her publications include her book Wrestling with the Demons of the Pahlavi Widēwdād a major source for the understanding of Zoroastrian purification laws, published by Brill in 2014  She is also the editor of Zoroastrianism: A Collection of Articles from the Encyclopaedia Iranica, 2-volume set, New York, NY: Encyclopædia Iranica Foundation, 2016

She is currently preparing an edition (text, translation, and commentary) of the Zand ī Fragard ī Jud-Dēv-Dād (ZFJ), a commentary on the Pahlavi Widēwdād that provides an account of several developments in Sasanian intellectual life in the sixth century.