Professor and Director of Iranian Studies Georg-August University of Göttingen (1996-2017)
B.A. Arabic, Persian, Turkish, University of Amsterdam
M.A. Persian, Ancient Iranian Studies, history of Religions, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Studied Zoroastrianism, Old and Middle Iranian, and Gujarati, SOAS, London
Lecturer in Iranian Studies, University of Utrecht
Doctorate, University of Leiden
Senior Lecturer in Iranian Studies, University of Utrecht
Lecturer in Modern Iranian Languages, SOAS, London
Honorary Secretary, the Royal Asiatic Society
Reader in Iranian Languages and Religions, University of London (SOAS)
Professor of Iranian Studies, University of Göttingen
Consulting Editor (Kurdish Studies), Encyclopaedia Iranica, New York
Member, Board of Directors, European Council, Association for the Study of Persianate Societies
Best Research of the Year Prize (with F.M. Kotwal), Iranian Ministry for Culture and Islamic Guidance, Tehran
Editor, Göttinger Orientforschungen: Iranica, Harrassowitz
Best Research Award, Razi University, Kermanshah
International Farabi Award, Tehran
Zoroastrianism, Yezidism, Minority Religions among the Kurds, Oral Literature and Culture, Ancient Iranian Literature, Memory in Iranian Cultures
Conference ‘Kurdish Cultural Identity’, 26 March, SOAS Centre of Near and Middle Eastern Studies and World Circuit Art.
Symposium ‘Kulturland Iran – iranische Tradition als Weltkultur: 100-Jahr-Feier Iranistik in Göttingen’, 24-5 October.
with Christine Allison, Colloquium ‘Discourses of memory in Iranian Languages’, 23-24 February, Mondes Iranien et Indien, CNRS.
International Symposium ‘Non-Islamic Religions in Iran: a non-essentialist perspective’, 6-7 June, Graduate Research Programme. ‘Götterbilder, Gottesbilder, Weltbilder’.