Razieh Taasob

Razieh Taasob is a numismatist and archaeologist. She received her B.A. and M.A. in the archaeology of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia from Azad University of Tehran, Iran. Her M.A. dissertation was titled, “Studying the Iconography of Early Kushan and Great Kushan.” Tassob was a project coordinator and research associate at the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO) for the International Project of Serial World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads. This was under the co-supervision of ICHTO and UNESCO from 2008–2010. Given her background in archaeology, Razieh has participated in the excavation of numerous historical sites in both Iran and Uzbekistan, the latter of which complemented her rigorous research regarding the coinages of the Kushan and other Indo-Iranian dynasties. She earned her PhD from the Institute for Numismatics and Monetary History of the University of Vienna for her thesis entitled, “Early Kushan Coinage in the Context of Exchanges and Contacts across Indo-Iranian Borderlands”. In her dissertation, she addressed several controversial subjects within the field of Central Asian Numismatic particularly the early Kushan period (first two centuries CE). Before joining the University of Freiburg, in 2017–19 she was Associate Professional Specialist for Central Asian Numismatics of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Princeton University.
Razieh Taasob was a member of the BaSaR project from 1 September 2019 to 28 February 2020.


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Language and Legend in Early Kushan Coinage: Progression and Transformation

This paper discusses the
transformation of the language from Greek to Bactrian which was as a
result of the coinage becoming imperial and a cultural reaction to
changing social and imperial requirements rather than the opposition of
a ruler to the former language and tradition.