Entries by Kaveh Farrokh

Sassanian Relief at Salmas (ancient Shapur)

Salmas (ancient Shapur) in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province is an ancient heritage settlement. Notable are the ties of the Sassanian rock reliefs of the Khantakhti region of Salmas: these depict Shapur I (r. 240-270 CE) and his father Ardashir I Babakan (r. 224-242 CE), the founder of the Sassanian dynasty (224-651 CE). Khantakhti is located approximately 15 kilometres […]

Iranian Tribal Women in Shooting and Horseback Riding Competitions

The photographs below are from a national Olympiad in Iran between different tribal elements with respect to horseback riding, sharpshooting, and other various athletic skills. Most of these can be found here: (۱۳۹۳/۱/۲۳) دومین المپیاد فرهنگی ورزشی ملی عشایر ایران به میزبانی شهرستان فریدونشهر اصفهان برگزار شد [The Second Cultural National Nomads/Tribes Sports Olympiad hosted by […]

Lev Nussimbaum: from Eastern European Jew to Caucasian Muslim Prince extraordinaire

The article below by Valeriya Nakshun has been reprinted with the permission of Bekhrad Joobin, the editor of the Reorientmag website. ================================== Since the widespread Rachel Dolezal scandal, which involved an American woman claiming to be of African-American descent, discussions about cultural and ethnic appropriation have become increasingly heated and reconsidered. As controversial as the […]

Scientific American: Persian Leopards-Large Cats with a Small Chance for Survival

The article below in the Scientific American (February 7, 2014) on the endangered Persian Leopards of Iran was written by Sam Khosravifard. He is a conservation biologist and environmental journalist focusing on Iran’s wildlife and natural resources issues since 1997. Sam Khosravifard is the author of two books, the Natural Heritage of Iran and Persian […]