Razieh Taasob, Ph.D.
Razieh Taasob is a numismatist and archaeologist working on the hybrid cultural structure of the Kushans and their interactions with the Pre-Islamic Iranian dynasties of the region as reflected on their coinages. She received her M.A. (2007) in Archaeology of pre-Islamic Iran from Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. Razieh was a research associate and a project coordinator 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.
Razieh was a research assistance at University of Vienna where she earned her Ph.D. in numismatics from the Institute for Numismatics and Monetary History in July 2017 with a thesis entitled “Early Kushan Coinage in the Context of Exchanges and Contacts across Indo-Iranian Borderlands”. She was an Associate Professional Specialist for Central Asian and pre-Islamic Iranian Numismatics at Princeton University from 2017-2019. She was studying, cataloguing and curating of several rare Parthian and Sasanian coin collections in the care of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Razieh was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Freiburg, Germany from September 2019-February 2020. She cooperated with the BaSaR project– Beyond the Silk Road: Economic Development, Frontier Zones and Inter-Imperiality in the Afro-Eurasian World Region, which was funded by the European Research commission (ERC). She contributed two intensive chapters on the Parthian economy for the second volume of the the Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies, Local, Regional, and Imperial Economies, edited by Prof. Sitta von Reden which has been printed by the De Gruyter.