Entries by Kaveh Farrokh

Chaharshanbeh Soori ceremony of ancient Persia: Links with Spain?

As reported by the Persian-language Topnaz outlet, every year towards the end of winter approaching the spring season, a festival takes place between March 15-19 in Valencia, Spain.  What makes the Valencia celebrations remarkable are their striking similarity to the rituals of the ancient Chaharshanbeh Soori celebrations practiced in Iran: citizens celebrate by jumping over […]

پروفسور گارنیک آساطوریان: نگاهی به مسئلۀ «زبان و قومیت» در ایران

The interview below in Persian has been provided by Professor Garnik S. Asatrian (پروفسور گارنیک آساطوریان) (Chair, Iranian Studies Dept., Yerevan State University; Editor, “Iran and the Caucasus”, BRILL, Leiden-Boston) regarding Language and Ethnicity in Iran. Kaveh Farrokh has contributed to the 2015 special edition of the Iran and Caucasus journal honouring Professor Garnik S. […]

Farroukh Jorat: Zoroastrian Toponyms in the Republic of Azarbaijan

The article below has been written by Farroukh Jorat and first appeared in Fravahr.org. ========================================================================= For a thousand years, from the Achaemenid era (VI century BC) [1] to the fall of the Sassanid Empire (VI century), the Caucasus was part of the Zoroastrian Iran [2]. The presence of the Zoroastrian religion in the past is confirmed by […]

Conversion to Zoroastrianism

The article below by Hannah Michael Gale Shapero originally appeared in the CAIS website hosted by Shapour Suren-Pahlav  in London. Hannah Michael Gale Shapero is an artist, illustrator and scholar. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, US and grew up in the Boston area and in Rome, Italy. Shapero studied Classics-Greek and Latin as an […]

Caravansaray

The article below entitled “Caravansaray” by Moḥammad-Yūsuf Kīānī and Wolfram Kleiss originally appeared on the Encyclopedia Iranica on December 15, 1990 and is available in print (Vol. IV, Fasc. 7, pp. 798-802). Kindly note that excepting three figures and captions from the original Encyclopedia article, all other images and captions did not appear in the […]