VIctoria A. Arakelova

Professor, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian-Armenian State University, Yerevan; Associate Editor, “Iran and the Caucasus” International Journal, Brill: Leiden-Boston.


Born on 16.12.1968.
Victoria Arakelova graduated from the Faculty of English Philology, Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (Pyatigorsk, Russia) in 1990, and Faculty of Oriental Studies (Iranian Studies Department), Yerevan State University, in 1998. After the post-graduated course at the same Department (1999-2001), she defended her PhD thesis in ethnography “The Yezidi Pantheon” (2001) at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography,  National Academy of Sciences of RA.
She taught at the Department of Iranian Studies, Yerevan State University, from 1999 up to 2015. In 2003-2004, alongside with her study at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra, she was doing her research in various parts of India. In 2015-2017 she was involved in a projects of the Institute of Archaeology and  Ethnography, NAS RA. Since 2015, she has worked at Russian-Armenian University and is currently Professor at RAU Institute of Oriental Studies.  
Victoria Arakelova is Associate Editor of “Iran and the Caucasus” (Brill: Leiden- Boston) and a member of Editorial Boards of several academic periodicals including “Caucaso-Caspica: Research Papers from RAU Institute of Oriental Studies”, Yerevan;  Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies, David Publishers, USA;  “Iran-Namag: A quarterly of Iranian Studies”, Toronto; etc.  
She mainly works on comparative religions studies focusing on the Near Eastern non-dogmatic milieu, ethno-religions communities, particularly, Yezidis and Heterodox Shi‘a sects, as well as on cultural specifics of contact zones. She took part in numerous professional expeditions to Iran, Turkey, Afganistan.
Victoria Arakelova teaches courses on Pre-Islamic Religions of Iran, Religions of IndiaHistory of Islamic movements, Extreme Shi‘a Sects, Ethno-Religious Communities in the Near Eastern Region, etc.
She is the author of several monographs and more than a hundred articles.


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