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The Heritage of Sharifabad Mobeds, written by Dr. Mehrdad Ghadrdan was registered in Civilica

For the first time, the “Heritage of Sharifabad Mobeds” was published in the Journal of Historical Sciences Research of the University of Tehran by Dr. Mehrdad Ghadrdan, a Zoroastrian writer, and was registered in the “Civilica” citation database.

A scientific research article entitled “Heritage of Sharifabad Mobeds from the beginning of Safavid to the end of Qajar,” along with the collection of articles in the Quarterly Journal of Historical Sciences Research of the University of Tehran, has been registered and indexed in the citation database of the country’s conferences ( This article is taken from Dr. Mehrdad Ghadrdan’s dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Zohreh Zarshenas. As Dr. Ghadrdan, a scholar of ancient Iranian culture and languages, states in the introduction to the article; in this article, the role, position, and function of the clerics of Sharifabad, Ardakan, Yazd, to lead the Zoroastrian community and guide the Persians in religious affairs, has been studied for the first time. In this research, the location of the Azarfaranbagh fire in Sharifabad has been determined, and based on the available documents, along with counting and drawing the genealogy of the famous clerics of Sharifabad their written works have been counted in the period of the article.

From the article’s abstract, we find that Sharifabad, Ardakan, Yazd, close to the eighth century AH, with its two neighboring villages, Ahmadabad and Torkabad, have formed an influential triangle on the religious life of Zoroastrians. This inflence was the result of migration of Mobed Mobedan (head priest) and a group of accompanying mobeds from Fars province to this region, in the present century. The present study concludes that with the residence of at least two families of mobeds in Sharifabad, they have performed three important duties: first, guarding the sacred fire of Azar Faranbagh fire temple to Sharifabad with Mobed Mobedan, from Fars. The second is copying the manuscripts of Avestan texts, which are now considered ancient manuscripts, and the third is responding to the jurisprudential questions of their Parsi counterparts in India. According to the author, to achieve this important function of Sharifabad mobeds and review various related texts and articles, the old minutes of meetings of the Naseri association, Sharifabad branch, and minutes of meetings of the past decades have been carefully studied. By studying and searching in the old endowments office, and documents belonging to the mobed families and the previous heads of Sharifabad village, important information has been derived. Following these searches, in addition to finding the ancient office of village endowments, by identifying the old houses of the mobeds, the possible place of writing of one of the oldest Avestan copies of the world (version 976) has been introduced.

In 19 pages in PDF format, the file of this article can be downloaded from the link


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