Estiphan Panoussi

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Estiphan Panoussi (born September 11, 1935 in Sanandaj , Iran ) is an American oriental philologist and philosopher of Iranian origin.


After studying philosophy in Rome in 1958 , Panoussi studied oriental philology in Leuven and graduated with a doctorate ( Ph.D. ). Research in Iranian philology in Tübingen followed . In 1967 Panoussi also received his PhD in philosophy in Leo. He acquired the language skills of 10 ancient oriental languages, in particular he is one of the world's best experts on the dialects of Aramaic (the language of Jesus ), such as B. the peripheral languages ​​of Judeo-New Aramaic from Sena.

Panoussi taught as a professor at the University of Tehran , the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and the University of Gothenburg and conducted research at the University of California and Harvard University (Department of Near Eastern Languages ​​and Cultures) , among others .


In addition to numerous important research work on the relationships between Occidental, Persian and Indian philosophy , Aramaic philology (especially the dying Aramaic Senaya dialect ), Panoussi developed the first Latin-Persian dictionary and, together with Wolfgang Heinrichs (Harvard University), the research project The Christian Senaya Dialect of Neo-Aramaic: Text, Grammer and Dictionary carried out.


  • Over 25 publications in Persian, but also in German, English and French.
  • E. Panoussi: The Influence of Persian Culture and World-View upon Plato. 2002, ISBN 964-94459-6-X .
  • E. Panoussi, R. Macuch: New Syrian Chrestomathie. Wiesbaden 1974, ISBN 3-447-01531-4 . (Cambridge 1982)