Khodadad Rezakhani

Associate Research Scholar


Field: Late Antique and Middle Eastern History
Interests: Sasanian Empire, Central Asia, West and Central Asian languages
In Residence: Fall 2016 - Spring 2020 

Dr. Khodadad Rezakhani is a scholar of the late antique and early medieval period, with a focus on West and Central Asia. He holds a Ph.D. in Late Antique and Near Eastern History from UCLA. His Princeton research focuses on the Sasanian and Early Islamic economy of the Near East. His latest book, ReOrienting the Sasanians: East Iran in Late Antiquity, offers a narrative history of Central Asia after the Greek dynasties to the early Islamic period. While at Princeton, Dr. Rezakhani’s teaching has spanned a graduate seminar on Late Antique problems and sources, an undergraduate seminar in Conquerors and Conquests in Middle Eastern History and reading courses on medieval Persian texts, as well as Middle Persian/Pahlavi. In spring 2018, Dr. Rezakhani conducted primary research on various projects related to medieval Persian historical sources and source material, including coins, in European and Iranian collections. He is an active Center contributor, organizing presentations including talks by Professor Arash Khazeni and Professor Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, a workshop on Sasanian history and coins in 2019 as well as the 2019 conference "Ērānšahr in Transition: West and Central Asia Between the Sasanians and Islam, 600-750 CE".

Selected Presentations

Selected Publications


ReOrienting the Sasanians East Iran in Late Antiquity book cover, with antique painting of a person

ReOrienting the Sasanians: East Iran in Late Antiquity 
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.




Cover of History Today April 2017 - Black with gold sculpture of a warrior on horseback

Article: "Arab Conquests and Sasanian Iran"
History Today. 2017; 67.



Book cover - The Annonymous Syriac Chronicle Known as the Chronicle of Khuzestan

The Anonymous Syriac Chronicle Known as the Chronicle of Khuzestan
Translation and Commentary: K. Rezakhani, S. Amiri Bavandpour

Tehran: Sina, 2016.