Department of Religions and Philosophies
At SOAS, you can study a wider range of religious and philosophical traditions than any other programme in the field. With our highly diverse expertise, our comprehensive resources, and our interdisciplinary approach we offer a unique learning and research environment for a truly inter-cultural approach to systems of belief and thought in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Facts and figures
12th in UK
QS World University Rankings 2022 (for History)
The SOAS Religions and Philosophies Department offers a vibrant, stimulating, and interdisciplinary research environment. Our members of staff cover a wide range of religious traditions, geographic areas, and methodological approaches to the study of religions.
We have been very successful in acquiring research funding, we host a number of research centres, and we are actively engaged in professional networks with scholars worldwide.
Translating the Avesta: The Avestan and Pahlavi Versions of the Hōm Yasht
Using digital tools to produce a new edition of the Pahlavi Yasna, chapters 9–11.
Gen Z and Beyond: A Survey for Every Generation
An online survey to explore different views and practices within the current global Zoroastrian community and those close to it.
The Multimedia Yasna International Interoperability Framework
Enabling the annotation of textual structure in Zoroastrian manuscript images, and the locating of particular text passages within.
The Multimedia Yasna (MUYA)
Examining the performance and written transmission of the core ritual of the Zoroastrian tradition, the Yasna.
The Epic of Gilgamesh: Ancient poem as modern inspiration
Transforming our knowledge and understanding of an ancient poem, bringing the story alive for countless readers among the general public, students and creative artists.