S. Josh Shahryar


Position Title
Graduate Student in the Study of Religion
Teaching Assistant in Religious Studies

907 Sproul

Adviser(s): Prof. Eva Mroczek

Education and Degree(s):

  • BA in Religious Studies, Minor in War and Peace Studies, University of California, Davis, 2018

Research Interest(s):

  • Ancient Mediterranean Religions
  • Hebrew Bible and Qur’an
  • Noncanonical Jewish texts
  • Comparative Scriptural Interpretation
  • Judaism and Islam in Antiquity

Teaching Experience:

  • RST 1H: Sex, Marriage, and Divorce in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Fall 2018 UC Davis)
  • RST 12: Abrahamic Religions (Winter 2019 UC Davis)
  • RST 1C: Sacrifice (Spring 2019 UC Davis)


I am a second year Ph.D. student in the Study of Religions program focusing on Mediterranean Religions. I am generally interested in the intersections of Abrahamic religions and how they borrowed from and influenced each during their centuries long development. I am specifically interested in how this process played out in noncanonical texts in the three religions.

I am also interested in Semitic culture and philology as well as Indo-Iranian culture, religion and languages, concentrating mainly on the Vedas and the Avesta. I'm currently working on a paper investigating how Job's ethnicity influenced Christian and Islamic soteriology as well as the interconnectedness of Eve's biology and morality in noncanonical Abrahamic texts. 



  • Farsi (Persian)
  • Urdu  
  • English
  • Pashto  
  • Spanish


  • Biblical Hebrew  
  • Classical Arabic 
  • Ugaritic 

Service Positions:

  • 2018-Present UCD Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representative for the GGSR

Honors and Awards:

  • Honors Thesis: The Reception of the Book of Job and Concepts of Ethnicity in Ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam