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|A Word from the Editor|
Sasanika is dedicated to the promotion of research and study on the history of the Sasanian dynasty. It is the aim of Sasanika: Late Antique Near East Project to bring to light the importance of the Sasanian civilization in the context of late antique and world history. Although most of our team members volunteer their time to maintain the site, the production of high-quality articles and the support of research projects require funding. We are planning major changes in the website and inclusion of further information and research about the Sasanian Empire. It is through the generosity of Sasanian enthusiasts and those interested in the history of pre-Islamic Iran thatSasanika thrives. Please consider joining us!
|New & Improved SasanikaIt is with great pleasure to announce the launching of the latest version of the Sasanika website. This is the third reincarnation of the Sasanika website which begun in 2004 at the California State University, Fullerton. The new features of Sasanika includes the improved look and search engine; a new section for graduate and working papers by scholars; archaeological reports and timeline, as well as featuring new books and the latest information related to Sasanian Studies throughout the world.|
|New Sasanika Team MembersSasanika would not exist without the members of its team. Our new members include Milad Vandaee who will be in charge of the archaeological reports from Iran. He is a graduate students working on Sasanian archaeology at Hamedan. He has made it possible to have a large number of reports on excavations and new finds from all parts of Iran.Greg Watson from the University of Waikato, New Zealand has also joined our team. He translates most of the Persian archaeological reports into English. We are thankful for his selfless effort to undertake this project.Haleh Emrani who has been involved since the inception of the site, is now taking the helm, as the project director. She took her Ph.D. from UCLA and focused on the social history of Sasanian period, particularly the position of women.|
New & Improved SasanikaIt is with great pleasure to announce the launching of the latest version of the Sasaniaka website. This is the third reincarnation of the Sasanika website which begun in 2004 at the California State University, Fullerton. The new features of Sasanika includes the improved look and search engine; a new section for graduate and working papers by scholars; archaeological reports and timeline, as well as featuring new books and the latest information related to Sasanian Studies throughout the world.The website has been funded by the generous support of the Farhang Foundation from last year as well and a three year grants by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Foundation. We hope that with the support of such institutions we are able to continue our work by not only having lectures which are now recorded and placed online, but also publications of articles and books related to the late ancient world.
|Sasanika Lectures at UCIIn the past year Sasanika has invited a number of scholars to the University of California, Irvine for lectures and workshops on the Sasanian period. All of these lectures are now recorded and available on the website for the public.“On Epigraphy and Historiographical Practices in Sasanian Iran”|
M. Rahim Shayegan
University of California, Los Angeles
Thursday, June 6, 2013
|Recent Books & Journals on the Sasanians & Related Topics|
S. Secunda, , Penn. University Press, 2013.Shai Secunda, Although the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, has been a text central and vital to the Jewish canon since the Middle Ages, the context in which it was produced has been poorly understood. Delving deep into Sasanian material culture and literary remains, Shai Secunda pieces together the dynamic world of late antique Iran, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview of the world that shaped the Bavli.Secunda unites the fields of Talmudic scholarship with Old Iranian studies to enable a fresh look at the heterogeneous religious and ethnic communities of pre-Islamic Iran. He analyzes the intercultural dynamics between the Jews and their Persian Zoroastrian neighbors, exploring the complex processes and modes of discourse through which these groups came into contact and considering the ways in which rabbis and Zoroastrian priests perceived one another. Placing the Bavli and examples of Middle Persian literature side by side, the Zoroastrian traces in the former and the discursive and Talmudic qualities of the latter become evident. The Iranian Talmud introduces a substantial and essential shift in the field, setting the stage for further Irano-Talmudic research.