Testimonial by Kristof Szitar

PhD in Islam in India, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

4 weeks 2020 Middle Persian

In spite of its rich cultural and religious literature, Middle Persian is a language rarely offered by language schools.

During this intensive course we have finished reading two entire Middle Persian books, and also managed to translate and discuss massive chunks from two additional works.

Students interested in linguistics, religious studies and history will greatly benefit from translating and interpreting Middle Persian works under Ruben’s hands-on supervision.

In addition to this, his constructive and insightful remarks facilitate the cultural contextualisation of the readings, and broaden your vocabulary of Middle and Classical Persian.

The additional readings provided by the instructor bring your attention to a diverse range of topics including Zoroastrianism, Sasanian history and Armenian-Parthian interactions.

The fact that Armenian has retained a staggering number of Middle Iranian loan words, and Ruben’s ability to masterfully cast light on such historical linguistics contacts, makes ASPIRANTUM the ideal place for studying Middle Persian.

Interested? Check Upcoming Persian Language Courses!


Our Persian language courses are open to anyone with upper elementary or intermediate knowledge of the Persian language. The lectures are organized with the academic interests of our participants in mind. Students as well as researchers working in Iranian Studies and relevant fields will benefit the most from our courses.

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MPhil, Islamic Studies and History, University of Oxford, UK

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Max Bledstein

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“I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to develop their knowledge of Persian language and culture. Thank you very much for the amazing experience!”

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Christopher Conlon

MPhil, Islamic Studies and History, University of Oxford, UK

“This course left a lasting impression on all participants. We are grateful to the ASPIRANTUM team for quickly adopting to the online format this summer. We are also grateful to Professor Voskanian for his encouragement, support, and friendship.”

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