Dr. Roxana Zenhari


  • Iranian Art and Culture

  • Relation of text and images

  • Medieval Arabic and Persian Illustrated manuscripts

  • Persian literature, art and material culture of the 14th Century (Ilkhanid Period)
    and the 18th and 19th century (Qajar period)

  • Codicology

  • The reflection of mystical doctrine and the Islamic-Shi'ite faith in images and objects

Postdoctoral research projects


Scientific associate in Seminar for Iranian Studies at the University of Göttingen


Researcher on the project Mirzā ʿAli-Qoli Khoʾi: Analytical review of the total work of the main artist of lithographic illustrations in Persian books of the Qajar period (nineteenth century) Georg-August-University Göttingen. Head of the project: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph


Research associate at the project of digitization of lithographic Persian books


Summer 2017

Islamic Codicology, provided by The Islamic Manuscript Association, Cambridge


PhD in Iranian Studies from the Seminar for Iranian Studies at the Georg-August-University Göttingen. Dissertation: “The Persian Medieval Romance Samak-e ʿayyār; Analysis of an Illustrated Inju Manuscript.” Completed May 29, 2012


Master of Arts in Fine Arts and History of Art, with a focus on Islamic Arts, from the Tehran University of Art, Iran. Master thesis: “An Analysis of the St. Petersburg Illustrated Manuscript of the Shāhnāme”

Summer 2002

Teaching methods, provided by Ministry of Education, Tehran


Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alzahra University, Tehran