School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

Jason Mokhtarian

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Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Assistant Professor, Jewish Studies
Adjunct Professor, Central Eurasian Studies

Office: Sycamore Hall 334
Phone: (812) 855-8358


Ph.D. University of California, 2011

Research Interests

  • Ancient Judaism
  • Rabbinics
  • Jews of Ancient Persia
  • Talmud in its Iranian Context
  • Ancient Iranian Studies

Courses Recently Taught

  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Introduction to Jewish History: From the Bible to the Spanish Expulsion
  • Torah, Temple, and God in Ancient Judaism
  • Rabbinic Judaism: Literature and Beliefs

Publication Highlights

"Empire and Authority in Sasanian Babylonia: The Rabbis and King Shapur in Dialogue," Jewish Studies Quarterly, Volume 19.2 (2012), 148-180.

“Rabbinic Depictions of the Achaemenid King Cyrus the Great: The Babylonian Esther Midrash (bMeg. 10b-17a) in its Iranian Context,” in The Talmud in its Iranian Context, eds. Carol Bakhos and M. Rahim Shayegan (Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2010), 112-139.


Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500