SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Erica Hunter

BA, MA, DPhil, PhD (Melbourne)
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Erica Hunter
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Senior Lecturer in Eastern Christianity

Centre of World Christianity

Member, Centre of World Christianities

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

Centre for Iranian Studies


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


SOAS World Languages Institute


Dr Erica Hunter
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Dr Erica Hunter - The Christian Library from Turfan


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Aleksander Engeskaug, Religion and Economy: Zoroastrian Priests and Fire Temples in the Economy of Sasanian Iran
  • Alexander Humphries, The Christian formation of Iraq: A Study of the Chaldean Catholic Church’s role in the creation and development of the Iraqi nation
  • Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour,
  • Nevsky Everett, The Sacramental Character of the Cross in the Assyrian Church of the East
  • Rudder Jenkins, Intra-Christian Dialogue After the Arab Conquest: Accusation and Polemic Engendered by Islam
  • Sarah Knight, “Oath of the Leaning Cross” and the Rejection of Rome’s Authority: a Re-evaluation of the History of the Syrian Christians of Kerala in the year 1653
  • Steven R Ring, The post fifth-century trajectory of the Syriac Diatessaron and perspectives on the origins of the Diatessaron
Completed PhD Students:
  • Afework Beyene, The shaping of the Judaic Identity of the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahido Church: Historical and Literary Evidence (2014).
  • Barakatullo Ashurov, Tarsākyā: an Analysis of Sogdian Christianity Based on Archaeological, Numismatic, Epigraphic and Textual Sources (2013).
  • Todd Godwin, Persian Christians at the Chinese Court: The Xi'an Stele and the Church of the East, 410–845. (2016)
  • Ralph Lee, Symbolic Interpretations in Ethiopic and Ephremic Literature (2010).
  • William Taylor, The Church of England’s relationship with the Syrian Orthodox in the former Ottoman territories 1895 – 1915 (2009).


Eastern Christianity; Syriac Christianity in the Middle East, with particular reference to Iraq; Syriac Christianity in medieval Central Asia and China.


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Authored Books

Hunter, Erica C D and Coakley, James F. (2017) A Syriac service-book from Turfan. Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Berlin MS MIK III 45. Turnhout: Brepols.

Hunter, Erica C D and Dickens, Mark (2014) Syriac Texts from the Berlin Turfan Collection. Stuttgart: Steiner Verlag.

Jefferson, Rebecca and Hunter, Erica C D (2004) Published Material from the Cambridge Genizah Collections: A Bibliography 1980-1987. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hunter, Erica C D and Lieu, S.N.C. and Clackson, Sarah (1998) Dictionary of Manichaean Texts. Vol. 1. Texts from the Roman Empire. Texts in Syriac, Greek, Coptic and Latin. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.


Hunter, Erica C D (2012) 'The Christian Library from Turfan: Syr HT 41-42-43 an early exemplar of the Ḥudrā'. Hugoye, (15) 1, pp 15-67.

Hunter, Erica C D (2010) 'Hebrew-script tombstones from Jām, Afghanistan'. Journal of Jewish Studies, (61) 1, pp 72-87.

Hunter, Erica C D (2010) 'Syriac Onomastica in the Xian Fu Inscriptions'. Parole de l'Orient, (35), pp 357-369.

Hunter, Erica C D (2009) 'Reconstructing Christianity in south-west Iraq: Reassessing Hira'. The Harp, (XXIV), pp 411-423.

Hunter, Erica C D (2009) 'Men Only. Hebrew-script inscriptions from Jām, Afghanistan'. Buried History. Journal of the Australian Institute of Archaeology, (45), pp 11-14.

Hunter, Erica C D (2004) 'Nippur and Aramaic Incantation Bowls'. Studia Orientalia, (99), pp 69-82.

Hunter, Erica C D (2003) 'Review of Martin Palmer, "The Jesus Sutras: Rediscovering the lost religion of Taoist Christianity" Piatkus (London):2001'. Buddhist Studies Review, (vol. 2), pp 112-119.

Hunter, Erica C D (2002) 'Manipulating Incantation Texts: Excursions in Refrain A'. IRAQ, (64), pp 259-273.

Hunter, Erica C D (2000) 'Two incantation bowls from Babylon'. IRAQ, (62), pp 139-147.

Hunter, Erica C D (1998) 'Syriac Ostraca from Mesopotamia'. Orientalia Christiana Analecta, (1998), pp 617-639.

Hunter, Erica C D (1998) 'Who are the demons? The iconography of incantation bowls'. Studi Epigrafici e Linguistici sul Vicino Oriente antico, (15), pp 95-115.

Hunter, Erica C D (1998) 'Theodore bar Koni Liber Scholiorum XI Reconsidered'. Acta Orientalia Belgica; 11: Les Voyages dans les civilisations Orientales, (1998), pp 143-154.

Hunter, Erica C D (1997) 'A Syriac Ostracon from Ctesiphon'. al-Rafidan, (18), pp 361-367.

Hunter, Erica C D (1997) 'Two incantation bowls from the collection of the Iraq Museum'. Sumer, (49), pp 107-122.

Hunter, Erica C D (1996) 'The Church of the East in Central Asia'. Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, (78), pp 129-142.

Hunter, Erica C D (1996) 'Syriac Inscriptions from al Hira'. Oriens Christianus, (80), pp 66-81.

Hunter, Erica C D (1996) 'Incantation Bowls: A Mesopotamian Phenomenon'. Orientalia Nova Series, (65) 3, pp 25-39.

Hunter, Erica C D (1996) 'Syriac Inscriptions from al Hira'. Oriens Christianus, (80), pp 66-81.

Hunter, Erica C D (1995) 'Amulets and the Assyrians of Kurdistan'. Journal of the Assyrian Academic Society, (IX) 2, pp 25-39.

Hunter, Erica C D (1995) 'Aramaic speaking communities of Sasanid Mesopotamia'. ARAM Periodical, (7) 2, pp 319-335.

Hunter, Erica C D (1994) 'Two Mandaic Incantation Bowls from Nippur'. Baghdader Mitteilungen, (25), pp 605-618.

Hunter, Erica C D (1993) 'A scroll amulet from Kurdistan'. ARAM, (5), pp 243-254.

Hunter, Erica C D (1992) 'Syriac Christianity in Central Asia'. Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte, (44), pp 362-368.

Hunter, Erica C D (1991) 'An Inscribed Reliquary from the Middle Euphrates'. Oriens Christianus, (75), pp 112-123.

Hunter, Erica C D (1990) 'Genres of Syriac Amulets: A Study of Cambridge Ms. Syr 3086'. Orientalia Christiana Analecta 236, pp 355-368.

Hunter, Erica C D (1990) 'Report and Catalogue of Inscribed Fragments: Ayn Shaiya and Dukakin Caves near Najaf, Iraq'. al-Rafidan, (10), pp 89-108.

Hunter, Erica C D (1989) 'Syriac inscriptions from a Melkite monastery on the Middle Euphrates'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (52) 1, pp 1-17.

Hunter, Erica C D (1989) 'The Conversion of the Kerait to Christianity in A.D. 1009'. Zentralasiatische Studien, (22), pp 140-163.

Hunter, Erica C D (1988) 'Isaac of Nineveh, the Persian Mystic'. Iqbal Review: Journal of the Iqbal Academy of Pakistan, (29) 3, pp 91-95.

Hunter, Erica C D (1987) 'Saints in Syriac anathemas: a form-critical analysis of role'. Journal of Semitic Studies, (32) 1, pp 83-104.

Edited Books or Journals

Hunter, Erica C D, (ed.), (2009) The Christian Heritage of Iraq: collected papers from the Christianity in Iraq I-V Seminar Days. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press. (Gorgias Eastern Christian Series 13).

Book Chapters

Hunter, Erica C D (2018) 'Changing demography. Christians in Iraq since 1991'. In: King, Daniel, (ed.), The Syriac World. Routledge, pp 783-796.

Hunter, Erica C D (2018) 'Perspectives on Christianity in southern Iraq and the Gulf'. In: Brooke, George, (ed.), Near Eastern and Arabian Essays: Studies in Honour of John F. Healey. Oxford: Oxford University Press [on behalf of Manchester University Press], pp 169-180.

Hunter, Erica C D (2017) 'Syriac Manuscripts from Turfan: Public Worship and Private Devotion'. In: Li, Tarsee and Dyer, Keith, (eds.), From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries: Select Studies in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, pp 77-96.

Hunter, Erica C D (2016) 'Commemorating the Saints at Turfan'. In: Tang, Li and Winkler, Dietmar W., (eds.), Winds of Jingjiao. Studies in Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. Vienna: Lit. Verlag, pp 89-104.

Hunter, Erica C D (2014) 'The Syrian Orthodox Church'. In: Leustean, Lucian N., (ed.), Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. London: Routledge, pp 542-562.

Hunter, Erica C D (2014) 'The Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East'. In: Leustean, Lucian N., (ed.), Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. London: Routledge, pp 601-620.

Hunter, Erica C D (2014) 'Coping in Kurdistan: the Christian diaspora'. In: Omarkhali, Khanna, (ed.), Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 321-338.

Hunter, Erica C D (2014) 'The Jewish Cemetery at Ja,: Judaeo-Persian Communities of Ghurid Afghanistan'. Scripts Beyond Borders. A Survey of Allographic Traditions in the Euro-Mediterranean World. Louvain-la-Neuve: Peeters, pp 511-526.

Hunter, Erica C D (2013) 'Traversing Time and Location: A Prayer-Amulet to Mar Tamsis from Turfan'. In: Winkler, Dietmar W. and Tang, Li, (eds.), From the Oxus River to the Chinese Shores: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in China and Central Asia. Salzburg: Lit. Verlag, pp 23-41.

Hunter, Erica C D (2013) 'SyrHT 140: Commemorating Mar Cyriacus and Julitta'. In: Fodor, P., (ed.), Modoque: Die Wurzeln der europaischen Kultur unde deren Rezeption im orient und Okzident. Festschrift fuer Miklos Maroth zum siebstigen Geburtstag. Budapest: Fortschungszentrum fuer Humanwissenschaften der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, pp 117-127.

Hunter, Erica C D (2013) 'Comparative Perspectives on Sapta d-pisra d-ainia'. In: Voigt, R, (ed.), Durch Dein Wort ward jegliches Ding!" : 2. Mandäistische und samaritanistische Tagung : zum Gedenken an Rudolf Macuch (1919-1993) = "Through Thy Word All Things Were Made!" : 2nd International Conference of Mandaic and Samaritan Studies. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 117-127.

Hunter, Erica C D (2013) 'Nebuchadnezzar's Dream in Daniel 2'. In: Baer, David and Gordon, Robert, (eds.), Leshon Limmudim : essays on the language and literature of the Hebrew Bible in honour of A.A. Macintosh. London: Bloomsbury (T & T Clark), pp 227-235.

Hunter, Erica C D and Horn, Cornelia (2012) 'Christianity in the Late Antique Near East'. In: Potts, Daniel, (ed.), A Companion to the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Oxford: Blackwell-Wiley, pp 1094-1112.

Hunter, Erica C D (2012) 'Syriac, Sogdian and Old Uyghur Manuscripts from Bulayïq'. In: Academia Turfanica, , (ed.), The History behind the Languages. Essays of the Turfan Forum on Old Languages of the Silk Road [語言背後的歷史—西域古典語言學高峰論壇論文集]. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe 上海古籍出版社, pp 79-93.

Hunter, Erica C D (2011) 'Syriac Sources and Manichaeaism. A Four Hundred Year Trajectory'. In: van den Berg, Jacob and Kotzé, Annemaré and Nicklas, Tobias and Scopello, Madeleine, (eds.), In Search of Truth. Augustine, Manichaeism and other Gnosticism. Studies for Johannes van Oort at Sixty. Leiden: Brill, pp 291-300.

Hunter, Erica C D (2009) 'A Jewish Inscription from Jam, Afghanistan'. In: Sundermann, Werner and Hintze, Almut and de Blois, François, (eds.), Exegisti monumenta: Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 191-196.

Hunter, Erica C D (2009) 'The Persian Contribution to Christianity in China: reflections in the Xian Fu Syriac inscriptions'. In: Winkler, Dietmar and Li, Tang, (eds.), Hidden Treasures and Intercultural Encounters: Studies on East Syriac Christianity in Central Asia and China. Berlin: Lit; London: Global, pp 71-86.

Hunter, Erica C D (2009) 'Magic and Medicine amongst the Christians of Kurdistan'. In: Hunter, Erica C D, (ed.), The Christian Heritage of Iraq: Collected Papers from the Christianity in Iraq I-V Seminar Days. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press.

Hunter, Erica C D (2008) 'The Christian Matrix of al-Hira'. In: Jullien, Christelle, (ed.), Les Controverses des Chretiens dans l’Iran Sassanide. Paris: Association pour l'Avancement des Études Iraniennes, pp 41-56.

Hunter, Erica C D (2008) 'The Language of Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the Early Islamic Era'. In: Voigt, Rainer, (ed.), 1CAnd Life is Victorious 1D. Mandaean and Samaritan Literatures. In Memory of Rudolf Macuch (1919-1993). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 117-126.

Hunter, Erica C D (2007) 'Interfaith Dialogues: The Church of the East and the Abbassids'. In: Vashalomidze, Sophia G. and Greisiger, Lutz, (eds.), Der Christliche Orient und seines Umwelt. Gesammelte Studien zu ehren Jurgen Tubach. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 289-302.

Hunter, Erica C D (2006) 'Christianity in Central Asia and the Near East'. In: Brown, Keith, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier, pp 392-394.

Hunter, Erica C D (2006) 'Theodore bar Koni’s Historical and Cosmogonic passages on the Manichaeans'. In: de Blois, Francois and Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (eds.), Dictionary of Manichaean Texts. Vol.II. From Iraq and Iran (Texts in Syriac, Arabic, Persian and Zoroastrian Middle Persian). Leiden: Brepols.

Hunter, Erica C D (2005) 'Theodore bar Koni and the Manichaeans'. In: van Tongerloo, Aloïs and Cirillo, Luigi, (eds.), Il manicheismo : nuove prospettive della ricerca : Quinto Congresso internazionale di studi sul Manicheismo, atti. Turnhout: Brepols, pp 167-178.

Hunter, Erica C D (2002) 'The Transmission of Greek Philosophy via the 'School of Edessa''. In: Holmes, C. and Waring, J., (eds.), Literacy, Education and Manuscript Transmission in Byzantium and Beyond.. Brill, pp 225-39.

Hunter, Erica C D (2002) 'Converting Turkic Tribes'. In: Benjamin, C. and Lieu, S. N. C., (eds.), Silk Road Studies VI. Walls and Frontiers in Inner-Asian History.. Brepols, pp 183-195.

Hunter, Erica C D (2002) 'When Black Bronzes are Beautiful'. I Bronzi Antichi, Produzione e Technologia. Montagnac: Mergoil, pp 655-660.

Hunter, Erica C D (2000) 'The typology of incantation bowls: physical features and decorative aspects'. Catalogue of Aramaic and Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum, pp 163-204.

Hunter, Erica C D (1999) 'Another Scroll Amulet from Kurdistan'. In: Reinink, GJ, (ed.), After Bardaisan. Studies on Continuity and Change in Syriac Christianity in Honour of Prof. Han J W Drijvers. Leuven: Peeters, pp 161-172.

Hunter, Erica C D (1995) 'Combat and Conflict in Incantation Bowls: Studies on Two Aramaic Specimens from Nippur'. Studia Aramaica: New Sources and New Approaches. Oxford: OUP on behalf of Manchester University Press, pp 61-77.

Hunter, Erica C D (1993) 'The Cult of Saints in Syria during the Fifth Century A.D.'. In: Livingston, Elizabeth A., (ed.), Studia Patristica, XXV. Leuven: Peeters, pp 308-312.


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