David Zakarian


Associate Faculty Member

Faculty / College Address

Oriental Institute / Pembroke College, Oxford




ORCID iD https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8744-5798 


Research Interests

  • Representation of women in early Armenian literature 
  • Development of Christian discourse on women in Late Antiquity
  • Catholic missionary activities in the Middle Ages and the Armenian Church
  • Representation of women in Christianity and Zoroastrianism
  • Role of women in spreading religious beliefs
  • Medieval Armenian colophons
  • Christian–Muslim relations in medieval colophons and literature
  • Impact of Muslim rule on women’s position in medieval Christian societies 


British Academy Postdoctoral Research Project (Jan 2017 – Dec 2019)

Writing History from Below: Christian–Muslim Interactions in Armenian Colophons during the Long Fifteenth Century (1375–1501)


Selected Publications


  • Women, Too, Were Blessed: The Portrayal of Women in Early Christian Armenian Texts, Armenian Texts and Studies Series, Volume: 4, Brill 2021 (https://brill.com/view/title/57649).
  • Lived Reality in Medieval Anatolia and the Caucasus through the Colophons of Armenian Manuscripts, Forthcoming in the British Academy Monograph Series, Oxford University Press, 2023.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Remembering the Living and the Dead in the Bodleian MS Marsh 438 (I-III)’, in Bahl, Christopher and Stefan Hanß (eds.), Scribal Practice – Global Cultures of Colophons, 1400-1800. London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2022, pp. 241-258.
  • ‘The Timurids and Their Extra-Dynastic Affairs: Armenians and Georgians’, forthcoming in Binbaş, İlker Evrim and John E. Woods (eds.), The Timurid Dynasty: A Handbook, Brill’s Handbooks on Muslim Empires and Dynasties series (Brill, 2022).
  • ‘Une vie à cheval : les déplacements du roi dans l’Arménie arsacide,’ Le gouvernement en déplacement : Pouvoir et mobilité de l’Antiquité à nos jours. Sylvain Destephen, Josiane Barbier et François Chausson (éds.), Rennes : Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2019, pp. 75-86.
  • ‘L’autorité et le pouvoir de la reine en Arménie arsacide’, in Augusta, Regina, Basilissa. La souveraine de l'Antiquité tardive au Moyen Âge. F. Chausson et S. Destephen (éd.), Paris: Éditions de Boccard, 2018, pp. 23-36.


  • 'Violence in the Monastery: An Episode in the Relations between the Catholic and Apostolic Armenian Clergy in the Fourteenth Century', Journal of Eastern Christian Studies 73 (1-2), 2021, pp. 79-113.
  • ‘P‘aṙanjem and Her Husbands: A New Hypothesis on the Marriages of the Armenian Queen’, Studia Iranica 47(2018), pp. 75-88. 
  • ‘Syneisaktism in Early Armenian Christianity’, Le Muséon 130 (1-2), 2017, pp. 123-138.
  • ‘The ‘Epic’ Representation of Armenian Women of the Fourth Century’, Revue des Études Arméniennes 35 (2013), pp. 1-28.
  • ‘Women on the Throne and the Symbolic Attributes of Authority’, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies 22 (2013), pp. 23-38.


Podcasts / Talks

25 February, 2022: University of California, Los Angeles (Narekatsi Chair in Armenian Studies, the Promise Armenian Institute, Center for Near Eastern Studies)

11 May, 2021: Society for Armenian Studies Podcast

6 December, 2020: Khachkars as Worldwide Witnesses of Armenian History, Spirituality, and Art, (Calouste Gulbenkian Chair in Armenian Studies, University of Oxford; National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR))

22 October, 2022: Armenian Institute, London

 24 October, 2019: Merton College, Oxford


Teaching 2018-2021

Introduction to Classical Armenian

Medieval Armenian Colophons and Epigraphy

Modern Eastern Armenian


Further Information






Photograph of David Zakarian