Partow Hooshmandrad

Partow Hooshmandrad

Partow Hooshmandrad holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has done extensive research on the cultural heritage of the Kurdish Ahl-i Haqq (Yarsan) of Guran since 2000.  As a scholar and a musician she specializes in the devotional practices of the Ahl-i Haqq including the musical repertoire, the texts, and the rituals, as well as Iranian classical music.  She has won several awards for her research endeavors including generous grants from the National Geographic Conservation Trust Fund, Alfred Hertz Memorial Scholarships, the Kurdish National Congress, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Al-Falah Program for Islamic Studies (Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley).  She has written and presented papers on various aspects of Ahl-i Haqq life, Iranian classical music, and other musical practices of Iran.  Hooshmandrad has also appeared on KPFA radio Berkeley and performed for the Marin League of the San Francisco Symphony.  As the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute Endowed Faculty in Persian Language & Culture, she currently teaches at California State University, Fresno, Department of Music, and is actively involved in the development of the Persian Language & Culture and Middle East Studies programs.  Prior to joining the academic community at California State University, Fresno, Partow taught at the University of Kurdistan, Hawler, in the Federal Region of Kurdistan, Iraq.

Her most recent and upcoming publications include:


  • Forthcoming.  Musical Repertoire of the Kurdish Ahl-i Haqq of Guran: Classification, Structure, and Performance Practice.  Tehran:  Mahoor Institute of Culture & Art.

  • 2020 (In Press).  “Religious Musical Knowledge and Modes of Transmission Among the Kurdish Ahl-e Haqq of Guran.”  Oral Tradition 32/2. 

  • 2020 (In Press).  Encyclopedia Iranica s.v. “Kurdistan XI. Music, II. Ahl-e Haqq.”  Ed. Yarshater,Ehsan.  New York:  Bibliotheca Iranica.

  • 2019.  Nazms of Guran:  A Pedagogical Presentation.  Tanbur, Kaka-berar Ostad.  Production supervisor and booklet, Partow Hooshmandrad.  USB. Tehran: Mahoor Institute of Culture and Arts.

  • 2019.  Dariush Zargari Tonbak/Zarbداریوش زرگری تنبک/ضرب  (edited video production of over 32 teachings on the Iranian percussion instrument tonbak/zarb).  You-Tube production.

  • 2017.  Selections from Tanbur Nazms of Guran.  Tanbur, Pegah Salimi.  Recording Supervisor and Booklet, Partow Hooshmandrad.  CD. Tehran: Mahoor Institute of Culture and Arts.

  • 2015.  Music of Yarsan:  A Living Tradition (educational documentary film).  DVD. Tehran: Mahoor Institute of Culture and Arts.

  • 2015.  “Contemplating the Tanbur of the Kurdish Ahl-i Haqq of Guran:  A Biographical Organology.” Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society 41.

  • 2014Encyclopedia Iranica s.v. “Tarz-e Yari” (audio recording entry).  Ed. Yarshater,Ehsan.  New York:  Bibliotheca Iranica.

  • 2014.  “Life as Ritual:  Devotional Practices of the Kurdish Ahl-i Ḥaqq of Gurān.”  Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream.  Ed. Khanna Omarkhali.  Studies in Oriental Religions 68.  Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag. (*also Turkish translation by Avesta Publishing House in 2014).

  • 2013.  Ritual Music of Guran.  Regional Music of Iran 41.  Tehran: Mahoor Institute of Culture and Arts. (Two-CD album of selected solo and group chants of Guran as performed by the kalam-khwans of the region with detailed English and Persian booklets on the devotional practices and the performed musical modes).

  • 2001-2002.  Daneshwar, Sayyid Barzu.  Ed. Partow Hooshmandrad. Rah-e Rahrovan-e Yarestan (The Path of the Wayfarers of Yarestan).  Kermanshah, Iran: Chashma-ye Honar va Danesh.