SOAS University of London

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

Dr Theodore Proferes

BA(New York); MA, PhD(Harvard)
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Theodore Proferes
Department of Religions and Philosophies, School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Senior Lecturer in Ancient Indian Religions

Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

SOAS South Asia Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute

Centre of Yoga Studies


Dr Theodore Proferes
Email address:
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Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Benedikt Peschl, A critical edition of the Ahunavaitī Gāthā and its Pahlavi version (Part I: Yasna 28-30)


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Country Expertise


Authored Books

Proferes, Theodore (2007) Vedic Ideals of Sovereignty and the Poetics of Power. New Haven: American Oriental Society.


Proferes, Theodore N. (2014) 'The Relative Chronology of the nivids and the praises and the Standardisation of Vedic Ritual'. Indo-Iranian Journal, (57) 3, pp 199-221.

Proferes, Theodore N. (2013) 'Dialogue with a Devious Divinity: Sovereignty, Kinship and Krishna's Ethics in the Mahabharata.'. Culture and Dialogue, (3) 1, pp 23-47.

Proferes, Theodore (2003) 'Kuru kings, Tura Kavaseya and the -tvaya Gerund'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (66) 2, pp 210-219.

Proferes, Theodore (2003) 'Poetics and Pragmatics in the Vedic Liturgy for the Installation of the Sacrificial Post'. Journal of the American Oriental Society, (123) 2, pp 317-50.

Proferes, Theodore (2003) 'Remarks on the Transition from Rgvedic Composition to Srauta Compilation'. Indo-Iranian Journal, (46) 1, pp 1-21.

Edited Books or Journals

Proferes, Theodore N. and Brereton, Joel P., (eds.), (2018) Creating the Veda, Living the Veda: Selected Papers from the 13th World Sanskrit Conference. Helsinki, Finland: Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. (Suomalaisen Tiedeakatemian Toimituksia Humaniora 379, Annales Academiae Scientarum Fennae).

Book Chapters

Proferes, Theodore N. (2018) 'Fire in the Waters and the Alchemical King'. Creating the Veda, Living the Veda. Helsinki, Finland: Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, pp 45-53.

Proferes, Ted (2016) 'The Mīmāṃsā Influence on the Formation of the Bhagavad Gītā'. In: Gunsel, D. and Katz J. T., J. T. and Vine, B. and Weiss, M., (eds.), Sahasram Ati Srajas: Indo-Iranian and Indo-European Studies in Honor of Stephanie W. Jamison. Ann Arbor; New York: Beech Stave Press, pp 345-356.

Proferes, Theodore N. (2012) 'The Vedic Period'. In: Malinar, Angelika and Jacobsen, Knut, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Hinduism, volume IV. Leiden: Brill.

Proferes, Theodore N. (2011) 'Vedas and Brahmanas'. In: Malinar, Angelika and Jacobsen, Knut, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Hinduism, volume II. Leiden: Brill.

Proferes, Theodore (2000) 'The Marginalized Butcher: Observations on the Ritual Poetics of the Vanaspati Stanzas'. In: T, eds, (ed.), SOAS Working Papers in the Study of Religions 2000. London: SOAS, pp 41-67.

Book Reviews

Proferes, Theodore (2003) 'Review of "Aryans Revisited" by Ramendra Nath Nandi'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (66) 2, pp 271-273.


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