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Department of the Study of Religions

Professor Almut Hintze

MPhil. (Oxon.), Dr phil. (Erlangen), Dr habil. (Berlin)

Overview

Almut Hintze
Department of the Study of Religions

Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

Member

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Member

Centre for Iranian Studies

Member

Name:
Professor Almut Hintze
Email address:
Telephone:
020 7898 4598
Address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Building:
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
334
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12-1pm (and by Appointment)
Internal Supervisors

Biography

Almut Hintze studied Indo-European philology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Oxford and earned her PhD in Indo-Iranian Studies at the University of Erlangen. After her habilitation in Berlin with a study of the semantics of “reward” in Ancient Iranian (Avestan) and Vedic Sanskrit texts, she spent a term at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Subsequently she became Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge and was appointed to the Zartoshty Brothers post at SOAS in 2001.

Inaugural Lecture

Inaugural Lecture of Zartoshty Professor Almut Hintze: Change and Continuity in the Zoroastrian Tradition

Teaching

Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Adam Benkato, The Manichaean-Sogdian Parable Book. Text Edition and Literary Analysis.
  • Arash Zeini, The Pahlavi Version of the Yasna Haptanghāiti.
  • Mehrbod Khanizadeh, The Avesta and Pahlavi versions of the Hōm Yašt
  • Neda Mohtashami, Edition of the Pahlavi version of the Yasna (chapters 0-8)
  • Rastin Mehri, The Zoroastrians in British Columbia.
  • Sara Peterson, Plant iconography at Tillya-tepe in the context of the art of West and Central Asia

Also adviser to:
Raiomond Mirza: Music in Zoroastrian Ritual (PHD awarded in  2003).


Zoroastrianism (texts, religion, history) and the relevant languages, especially Avestan and Pahlavi.

Research

Indo-Iranian philology, Zoroastrian literature and religion.

Corpus Avesticum: Digital Yasna

Yasna is the name of the central ritual text of Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran. Originally composed in the ancient Iranian language of Avestan between the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, the Yasna was translated into the Pahlavi language during the first millennium CE. The Pahlavi version in turn served as the basis for a Sanskrit version traditionally ascribed to the Zoroastrian priest Neryosangh Dhaval, who lived around the 12th cent. CE. The Digital Yasna project explores avenues to transform digital images of Avestan manuscripts into computer-readable romanised form using a mark-up language such as XML-TEI P5. 

http://www.soas.ac.uk/religions/research/projects/digital-yasna/

Expertise

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Experience

Zoroastrians, Parsis, pre-Islamic Iran, ancient India, Indo-Iranian philology.

Available for
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
Languages
  • German
  • Italian

Publications

Authored Books

Hintze, Almut (2013) Change and Continuity in the Zoroastrian Tradition. An Inaugural Lecture Delivered on 22 February 2012 at the School of Oriental and African Studies. London: SOAS.

Kotwal, Firoze M. and Hintze, Almut (2008) The Khorda Avesta and Yašt Codex E1. Facsimile edition. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Iranica; Bd.16)

Hintze, Almut (2007) A Zoroastrian Liturgy: The Worship in Seven Chapters (Yasna 35–41). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Iranica; Bd. 12)

Hintze, Almut (2000) LOHN im Indoiranischen: Eine semantische Studie des Rigveda und Avesta. Reichert (Wiesbaden).

Hintze, Almut (1994) Zamyād Yašt. Text, Translation, Glossary. Wiesbaden: Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag. (Iranische Texte 7)

Hintze, Almut (1994) Der Zamyād-Yašt. Edition, Übersetzung, Kommentar. Wiesbaden: Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag. (Beiträge zur Iranistik 15)

Hintze, Almut (1993) A lexicon to the Cyprian syllabic inscriptions. Hamburg: Helmut Buske. (Lexicographia Orientalis 2)

Edited Books

Sundermann, Werner and Hintze, Almut and De Blois, Francois, eds. (2009) Exegisti monumenta. Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Iranica 17)

Hintze, Almut and Tichy, Eva, eds. (2000) Anusantatyai. Fest­­schrift für Johanna Narten zum 70. Geburtstag. Dettelbach: J.H. Röll. (Münchener Studien zur Sprachwissen­schaft, Beiheft 19)

Hänsel, B and Zimmer, Stefan and with collaboration of Dunkelmann, M. L. and Hintze, Almut, eds. (1994) Die Indogermanen und das Pferd. Akten des Inter­nationalen interdiszi­plinären Kolloquiums Freie Univer­sität Berlin, 1.-3. Juli 1992. Bern­fried Schlerath zum 70. Geburtstag gewidmet. Budapest: Archaeolingua Alapitvany. (Archaeolingua)

Book Chapters

Hintze, Almut (2013) 'Perceptions of the Yasna Haptanghāiti.' In: Pirart, Eric, (ed.), Le sort des Gâthâs et autres études iraniennes in memoriam Jacques Duchesne-Guillemin. Leuven; Paris; Walpole: Peeters, pp. 53-73.

Hintze, Almut (2012) 'On the Prophetic and Priestly Authority of Zarathustra.' In: Choksy, Jamshed and Dubeansky, Jennifer, (eds.), Gifts to a Magus: Indo-Iranian Studies Honoring Firoze Kotwal. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, pp. 43-58.

Hintze, Almut (2012) 'Monotheismus zoroastrischer Art.' In: Echnaton und Zarathustra. Zur Genese und Dynamik des Monotheismus. München: Fink, pp. 63-92. (Lindauer Symposien für Religionsforschung, Band 3)

Hintze, Almut (2012) 'Manuscripts of the Yasna and Yasna ī Rapithwin.' In: Cantera, Alberto, (ed.), The Transmission of the Avesta. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 244-278. (Iranica 20)

Hintze, Almut (2012) 'On editing the Avesta.' In: Cantera, Alberto, (ed.), The Transmission of the Avesta. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 419-432. (Iranica 20)

Sundermann, Werner and Hintze, Almut and De Blois, Francois (2009) 'Nicholas Sims-Williams.' In: Exegisti monumenta. Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, xiii-xxiv.

Hintze, Almut (2009) 'Disseminating the Mazdayasnian Religion. An Edition of the Avesten Hērbedestān Chapter 5.' In: Exegisti monumenta. Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 171-190. (Iranica 17)

Hintze, Almut (2009) 'An Avestan ghost word: auuah- ‘water’.' In: Tremblay, Xavier and Pirart, Eric, (eds.), Zarathushtra entre l’Inde et l’Iran. Études indo-iraniennes et indo-européennes offertes à Jean Kellens à l’occasion de son 65e anniversaire. Wiesbaden: Reichert, pp. 129-144. (Beiträge zur Iranistik)

Hintze, Almut (2009) 'The Return of the Fravashis in the Avestan Calendar.' In: Durkin-Meisterernst, Desmond and Reck, Christiane and Weber, Dieter, (eds.), Literarische Stoffe und ihre Gestaltung in mittel­iranischer Zeit. Kolloquium anlässlich des 70. Geburtstages von Werner Sundermann. Wiesbaden: Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag, pp. 99-121. (Beiträge zur Iranistik)

Hintze, Almut (2009) 'Avestan Literature.' In: Emmerick, Ronald E. and Macuch, Maria, (eds.), The Literature of Pre-Islamic Iran. Companion Volume I to A History of Persian Literature. London: Taurus, pp. 1-71. (A History of Persian Literature)

Hintze, Almut (2008) 'Treasure in Heaven. A Theme in Comparative Religion.' In: Shaked, Shaul and Netzer, Amnon, (eds.), Irano-Judaica. Studies Relating to Jewish Contacts with Persian Culture Throughout the Ages. Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, pp. 9-36.

Hintze, Almut (2007) 'The Fire Wāzišt and the Demon.' In: Maggi, Mauro and Sundermann, Werner and Macuch, Maria, (eds.), Iranian Languages and Texts from Iran and Turan: Ronald Emmerick Memorial Volume. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 110-134. (Iranica)

Hintze, Almut (2007) 'On the compositional structure of the Avestan Gāhs.' In: Pedersen, Claus and Vahman, F, (eds.), Religious Texts in Iranian Languages: symposium held in Copenhagen May 2002. København: Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, pp. 29-43.

Hintze, Almut (2005) '“Indo-Iranian *gar ‘to raise aloft’.' In: Indogermanica. Festschrift Gert Klingenschmitt. Indische, iranische und indogermani­sche Studien dem verehrten Jubilar dargebracht zu seinem fünfundsechzigsten Geburtstag. Taimering (Riekofen): Schweiger VWT, pp. 247-260. (Studien zur Iranistik und Indogermanistik vol. 3)

Hintze, Almut (2004) 'On the Ritual Significance of the Yasna Haptaŋhāiti.' In: Stausberg, Michael, (ed.), Zoroastrian Rituals in Context. Leiden: Brill, pp. 291-316. (Numen Book Series)

Hintze, Almut (2004) '“Zoroastrianism”, “Parsee Theosophy”, “Ilm-e Khshnoom”.' In: Partridge, Christopher, (ed.), Encyclopedia of New Religions. Oxford: Lion Publishing, pp. 146-156.

Hintze, Almut (2004) 'Hertel, Johannes.' In: Yarshater, Ehsan, (ed.), Encyclopaedia Iranica 12. New York: The Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, pp. 288-290.

Hintze, Almut (2003) 'Haug, Martin.' In: Yarshater, E., (ed.), Encyclopedia Iranica. Eisenbrauns, pp. 61-63.

Hintze, Almut (2003) 'When the Stars Rise: the Avestan Expression aiβisrūϑrima- aibigaiia-.' In: Cereti, Carlo G. and Maggio, Mauro and Provasi, Elio, (eds.), Religious themes and texts of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia: Studies in honour of Professor Gherardo Gnoli on the occasion of his 65th birthday on 6 December 2002. Wiesbaden: Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag, pp. 143-155.

Hintze, Almut (2000) 'Zur Uberlieferung der altesten Zeugnisse indoiranischer Sprachen.' In: Nishina, Y, (ed.), Europa et Asia Polyglotta Roll. Dettelbach, pp. 67-85.

Hintze, Almut (2000) 'Die avestische Wurzel mad ‘zumessen’.' In: Forssman, Bernhard and Plath, Robert, (eds.), Indoa­risch, Iranisch und die Indogermanistik. Arbeitstagung der Indoger­mani­schen Gesell­schaft vom 2. bis 5. Oktober 1997 in Erlangen. Wiesbaden: Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag, pp. 163-175.

Hintze, Almut (2000) 'On the Arrangement of the Avestan Yasna.' In: Modi, Homai N., (ed.), Indo-Persian Relations. Proceedings of the Third International Congress, Bombay 6–9 January 2000. Mumbai: K.R. Cama Oriental Institute, pp. 110-123.

Hintze, Almut (2000) 'Frašō.kərəti.' In: Yarshater, Ehsan, (ed.), Encyclopaedia Iranica 10. New York: Bibliotheca Persica Press, pp. 190-192.

Hintze, Almut (1999) 'Kategorienwechsel und funktionale Umdeutung im Präsens und Aorist.' In: Habisreitinger, Jürgen and Plath, Robert and Ziegler, Sabine, (eds.), Gering und doch von Herzen. 25 indogermanistische Beiträge Bernhard Forssman zum 65. Geburtstag. Wiesbaden: Dr Ludwig Reichert Verlag, pp. 101-114.

Hintze, Almut (1999) 'The Saviour and the Dragon in Iranian and Jewish/Christian Eschatology.' In: Shaked, Shaul and Netzer, Amnon, (eds.), Irano-Judaica IV. Studies Relating to Jewish Contacts with Persian Culture Throughout the Ages. Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, pp. 72-90.

Hintze, Almut (1998) 'The Migrations of the Indo-Iranians and the Iranian Sound-Change s > h.' In: Meid, Wolfgang, (ed.), Sprache und Kultur der Indogermanen. Akten der 10.Fachtagung der Indo­germa­nischen Gesell­schaft, Inns­bruck 22.-29.9.1996. Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, 139-153, 1 map. (Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft, Bd. 93)

Hintze, Almut (1998) 'The Avesta in the Parthian Period.' In: Wiesehöfer, Josef, (ed.), Das Partherreich und seine Zeugnisse. Akten des Kollo­quiums Eutin 27.–29. Juni 1996. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, pp. 147-161. (Historia Einzelschriften 122)

Hintze, Almut (1997) 'Parataxis and Hy­potaxis in the Ave­sta.' In: Syntaxe des langues indo-iranien­nes anciennes. Colloque international – Sitges (Barcelona), 4–5 mai 1993. Barcelo­na: Editorial AUSA, pp. 51-62. (Aula Orientalis Supplementa 6)

Hintze, Almut (1995) 'The Rise of the Saviour in the Avesta.' In: Reck, C. and Zieme, P., (eds.), Iran und Turfan. Beiträge Berliner Wis­senschaftler, Werner Sundermann zum 60. Geburtstag gewid­met. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 77-97.

Hintze, Almut (1995) 'Compositional Techniques in the Yašts of the Younger Avesta.' In: Fragner, Bert and Fragner, Christa and Gnoli, Gherardo and Haag-Higuchi, Roxane and Maggi, Mauro and Orsatti, Paola, (eds.), Procee­dings of the Second European Conference of Iranian Studies held in Bamberg, Sept. 30–Oct.4, 1991. Roma: Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, pp. 277-286. (Serie Orientale Roma, LXXIII)

Hintze, Almut (1991) 'Remarks on the spelling conventions in F1.' In: JamaspAsa, Kaikhusroo M., (ed.), The Avesta Codex F1 (Niyāyišns and Yašts). Facsimile Edition. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, xv-xx.

Articles

Hintze, Almut (2014) 'Monotheism the Zoroastrian Way.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 24 (2). pp. 225-249.

Hintze, Almut (2010) 'The Study of Zoroastrianism in Europe and North America.' Hamazor . pp. 128-132.

Hintze, Almut (2009) 'The Cow that Came from the Moon. The Avestan expression māh- gaociϑra-.' Bulletin of the Asia Institute. New series, 19 . pp. 59-68.

Hintze, Almut (2007) 'Obituary: Nora Elizabeth Mary Boyce.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 70 (1). pp. 143-149.

Hintze, Almut (2005) 'Ahura Mazdā and Angra Mainyu.' The Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition,, 1 . pp. 203-204.

Hintze, Almut (2004) '“Do ut des: Patterns of Exchange in Zoroastrianism”. A Memorial Lecture for Ilya Gershevitch. Delivered at the Royal Asiatic Society on 13 June 2002.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 14 (1). pp. 27-45.

Hintze, Almut (2003) 'Review article: Pitfalls in Zoroastrianism.' Nāme-ye Irān Bāstān. The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies, 2 . pp. 95-102.

Hintze, Almut (2002) 'On the Literary Structure of the Older Avesta.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 65 (1). pp. 31-51.

Hintze, Almut (1999) '3 articles: "Kyprisch”, “Kyprische Schrift”, “Kyprominoische Schriften".' Der Neue Pauly, 6 . pp. 984-989.

Hintze, Almut (1998) 'Eteo­kyprisch.' Der Neue Pauly, 4 . pp. 160-161.

Hintze, Almut (1989) 'F1, E1 und drei neue Yašt-Handschriften.' Münchener Studien zur Sprach­wissen­schaft, 50 . pp. 31-50.

Book Reviews

Hintze, Almut (2012) 'Review: Alan Williams, The Zoroastrian Myth of Migration from Iran and Settlement in the Indian Diaspora. Text and Analysis of the 16th Century Qeṣṣe-ye Sanjān ‘The Story of Sanjān’.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 22 (2). pp. 468-473.

Hintze, Almut (2012) 'Review of H. Bichlmeier, 'Ablativ, Lokativ und Instrumental im Jungavestischen. Ein Beitrag zu altiranischen Kasussyntax'. Hamburg: Baar 2011. 437pp.' Journal of Indo-European Studies, 40 (3&4). pp. 457-464.

Hintze, Almut (2009) 'Review: John R. Hinnells & Alan Williams (eds.): Parsis in India and the Diaspora. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2007.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 72 (1). pp. 196-200.

Hintze, Almut (2007) 'Review: Nicholas Sims-Williams (ed.): Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples. Oxford 2000.' Indo-Iranian Journal, 50 (2). pp. 173-182.

Hintze, Almut (2006) 'Loyal exiles rooted in rich traditions. Review of John R. Hinnells, The Zoroastrian Diaspora: Religion and Migration.' The Times Higher Education Supplement (1,750). pp. 22-23.

Hintze, Almut (2006) 'Review: John R. Hinnells, The Zoroastrian Diaspora: Religion and Migration. Oxford: OUP, 2005.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 69 (2). pp. 348-351.

Hintze, Almut (2006) 'Review: Philippe Gignoux, Noms propres sassanides en moyen-perse épigraphique.' Kratylos, 51 . p. 213.

Hintze, Almut (2006) 'Review: Philip Huyse, Le Y final dans les inscriptions moyen-perses et la ’loi rythmique’ proto-moyen-perse. Paris 2003.' Kratylos, 51 . pp. 161-167.

Hintze, Almut (2005) 'Review: Javier Martínez & Michiel de Vaan, Introducción al Avéstico. Madrid: Edicio­nes Clasicas, 2001.' Kratylos, 50 . pp. 200-203.

Hintze, Almut (2004) 'A seamless portrait of a neglected culture. Review of Pheroza J. Godrej & Firoza Punthakey Mistree, A Zoroastrian Tapestry. Art, Religion & Culture. Ahmedabad: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd. and Middletown (USA): Grantha Corporation, 2002, 762pp., numerous plates and illustrations.' The Times Higher Education Supplement (1628). p. 30.

Hintze, Almut (2003) 'Review: Javier Martinez & Michiel de Vaan, 'Introduccion al Avestico'. Madrid: Ediciones Clasicas, 2001.' Kratylos .

Hintze, Almut (2003) 'Review: Pheroza J. Godrej & Fitroza Punthakey Mistree, 'A Zoroastrian Tapestry: Art Religion & Culture'.' The Times Higher Education Supplement .

Hintze, Almut (2003) 'Review: Jamsheed K. Choksy, 'Evil Good and Gender: Facets of the Feminine in Zorastrian Religious History'.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 13 (3). pp. 403-410.

Hintze, Almut (2002) 'Review: Jean Kellens, 'Essays on Zarathustra and Zoroastrianism' Translated by P.O. Skjoervo.' Kratylos, 51 . p. 461.

Hintze, Almut (2002) 'Review: Zoroastrian and Parsi Studies. Selected works of John R. Hinnells by John R. Hinnells.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 65 (2). pp. 418-419.

Hintze, Almut (2001) 'Review: Martin Kümmel, Stativ und Passivaorist im Indoiranischen. Göttingen: Vandenho­eck & Ruprecht, 1996, (Historische Sprachforschung, Ergänzungsheft 39).' Indo-Iranian Journal, 44 (3). pp. 269-274.

Hintze, Almut (2000) 'Review: Helmut Humbach/Pallan R. Ichaporia: Zamyād Yasht. Yasht 19 of the Younger Avesta. Text, Translation, Commentary. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1998. 194pp.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 10 (2). pp. 244-247.

Hintze, Almut (1995) 'Review: Anne Potthoff, Lateinische Kleidungsbezeichnungen in synchroner und diachro­ner Sicht. Innsbruck: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, 1992, 266 p., 5 Abb.' Kratylos, 40 . pp. 138-143.

Videos

Bragg, Melvyn and Woolf, Greg and Hintze, Almut and North, John (2012) In Our Time: The Cult of Mithras. BBC Radio 4. Available from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01pg5nt.

DMA Media, and Hintze, Almut (2012) The Great Persians: Zartosht. BBC Persian. Available from http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/tvandradio/2012/03/12....

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