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Dr. Behnaz Hosseini : Curriculum Vitae and Publications




Lund University (Sweden). 2008-2011. Master of Arts in Ancient Iranian languages and culture.


University of Vienna (Austria). 2012-2016. Philosophy Doctorate in Oriental Studies. Dissertation entitled Yārsani--A Religious Minority in Iran and Trans-Nationalism in Sweden. Degree awarded in November 2016.




2016-2017 Research project entitled “Slavery of Yazidi Women in Iraq and Forced Migration” for the Austrian University Student Union (Vienna).


2016-2017 Research project entitled “Minority Women’s Forced Migration,” Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation.


June 2017-September 2017 Research project entitled “The Panic Among Austrian Female Asylum Seekers Over Their Immigration Status,” for the Austrian University Student Union.


May 2016- August 2016 Research affiliate with American University in Suleymanieh, Kurdistan.


October 2017 - March 2019.Research project entitled “ Anthropological research on Iranian religious minorities “ and “ Violence on Kurdish Iranian women “, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta.

September 2018- July 2019 .Member of FV GEWI, Faculty Representation, Humanities University of Vienna.



Fieldwork in Iran, October 2014 to January 2015.


Fieldwork among the Yārsani in Sweden, August 2015 to September 2015.


Fieldwork in refugee camps in Iraq, May 2016 to August 2016.


Fieldwork with Iraqi women in Austria, September to October 2016.


Fieldwork in Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany) with female Yazidi refugees, October to December 2016.


Fieldwork in Austria and Iranian Kurdistan, March to September 2017.


Fieldwork in Canada among Kurdish communities with a focus on the Yazidi and Yarsani communities, December 2017 to March 2018.






An Assessment of Derivational Affixes in Manichean Parthian Texts (Acta iranica 9). Tehran: Nour and Elm (2011).


Forced migration and displacement of Iraqi minorities in Austria. Vienna : LIT VERLAG  (2018).




[In Swahili] Methali Adili (Misemoya Busarana Nasaha [Proverbs and Advice). Tehran: Imam Publisher (2009).



“Hermes in Sorevardi’s Philosophy of Islam [Translation from the Persian].” In Quarterly of History of Philosophy, Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute (Spring 2012).

“Religious Transnationalism of the Yarsani community In Sweden.” Journal of the Sociology Theory of Religion (2015): 1-25; 


“Life after death in Manichean Religion and Yārsān.” Fritillaria Kurdica: Bulletin of Kurdish Studies,  No. 13-14, ISSN 2353-4052 (September 2016);,218


“The Oral Transmission of Yārsāni’s Traditional Education.” Fritillaria Kurdica, Bulletin of Kurdish Studies No. 17, ISSN 2353-4052 (June 2017);,245


“An Ethnography of a Community’s Re-appropriation of Yārsān in Cyberspace: The Facebook phenomenon.” Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture 6/1 (2017): 1-22;


“What Does Facebook Mean for the Yārsani People?” Visual Ethnography, 6/1 (2017): 203-230;


"Transnational Religious Practices on Facebook." Cyber Orient: Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East, 11/2 (2017);


“ Ezidi Women’s Forced Migration to Germany." Journal of International Women's Studies, 19(2), 248-260;


“Between rights, political participation and opposition: the case of the Yazidi in Syria (Rojāva)”. Syrian Studies Association Bulletin, Vol 23, No. 1 (2018);


“The Kaka‘i - A Religious Minority in Iraq." Journal of Contemporary Review of the Middle East, Vol. 5, No. 2 (June 2018);


“A Study of Psychological Problems in Yazidi Children and Adolescents”. Journal of Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences,

March 30, 2018;




 “Sacred Shrines on Facebook: A Study of the Visual Identity of Yarsani in Iranian Kurdistan.” In Şingal 2014: Der Angriff des ‘Islamischen Staaten,’ der Genocide an den Ĕzĭdĭ und Folgen. Edited by Katharina Brizić, Agnes Grond, Christoph Osztovics, Thomas Schmidinger, and Maria Six-Hohenbalken.  Wiener Jahrbuch fuer Kurdische Studien 4 (2016): 87-108.


“Yārsāni’s Origin in “Dālāhoo Mountain.” In Die Vielfalt Islamischer Wirklichkeiten--Neue Ansätze in den Islamischen Studien an der Universität Wien. Edited by Khalid El-Abdaoui and Yunus Valerian Hentschel. Berlin: Logos Verlag (2017): 99-108.





Islamic Alternatives: Non-Mainstream Religion in Persianate Societies. Series III. Edited by Shahrokh Raei. Göttingen, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes (forthcoming, 2018).


The Yezidi Religious Textual Tradition From Oral to Written: Categories, Transmission, Scripturalisation and Canonisation of the Yezidi Oral Religious Texts. With Samples of Oral and Written Religious Texts and with Audio and Video Samples on CD-ROM. Edited by Omarkhali Khanna. Göttingen, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag.Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes (forthcoming, 2018).





"Transformation and appropriation of religion – a case of the Yārsani community in Iran." Orpheus Noster, Journal of the Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church, ( 2019)




Trafficking and Slavery under ISIS: Trauma and the Rehabilitation of Female Survivors. Under contract with I.B.Tauris (London).




Review of the International Conference, “What Brings Us Together is Our Commitment to Stopping Ezidis Genocide.” Institute of Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna). 22-23 June 2015, Wiener Jahrbuch fuer Kurdische Studien (2015).


“Minority Women's Forced Migration and Their Integration in Austria and Germany,” Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC), (January 2017): 32pp.; .




“Amulets in ancient religions compared with today’s society” Mehronahid Magazine, Iran. (2012).

“‘We Need Help, Please...’ Current Situation of Yazidi Women in Iraq.” Frauen Solidarität, No. 137 3/6 [Vienna, Austria] (2016): 1-3;


“Should the killing of Muslims in Myanmar be a conflict between Islam and Buddhism?, Contemporary Culture, No.20, Iran ( 2017).





International conference on “Women's Solidarity in War.“, 27 May 2017, University of Vienna, Vienna.


International Conference on “Temporary/Child Marriages, Modern Slavery and the Ramifications for the Psychological Disorders in Women.”, 4 March 2019, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna.





“Yarsan people in the Kermanshah earthquake, double discrimination.” September 28, 2018 - October 6, 2018;



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