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The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series: “Property and Inheritance”
UCLA Iranian Studies presents The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series
Sasanian Law in its Social Context
November 9-18, 2015
A series of five lectures by
Professor of Iranian Studies
Freie Universität Berlin
Property and Inheritance
The third lecture explores the general concept of property, in particular, how it gave rise to complex categories crucial to preserving the possessions of affluent élites, while ensuring that proprietary rights were preserved from one generation to the next.
Synopsis of the 2015 Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series:
Legal texts are among the more important sources for the reconstruction of the political and economic institutions, and cultural practices, of late antique Iran, as they considerably further our understanding of past social complexities that are decisively different than our own. This year’s Ehsan Yarshater Biennial Lectures shall provide a sweeping overview and detailed analysis of the principal fields of jurisprudence in Sasanian Iran (third to seventh centuries CE). The five lectures will be investigating the genesis of legal institutions that were instrumental in consolidating the social status of Sasanian élites, notably, the Zoroastrian clergy and the Iranian aristocracy.
Maria Macuch is Professor of Iranian Studies, and has been head of the Institute of Iranian Studies (Institut für Iranistik) at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), prior to her retirement in April 2015. She was a former member of the Board of the Societas Iranologica Europaea (SIE) from 1999 to 2003, and President of the SIE from 1999 to 2007. She is editor of the series Iranica (1993–); member of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum (2007–); and Honorary Fellow of the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge (UK), since 2013. Her scholarly research focuses mainly on pre-Islamic (Zoroastrian/Sasanian) Iranian law and its impact on other ancient legal systems of the Near East in late antiquity.