SOAS University of London

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

Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams

MA, PhD (Cantab), FBA
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Publications

Overview

Teaching

Research

Iranian and Central Asian philology; Christian and Manichaean texts from Central Asia.

Publications

Authored Books

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2019) From Liturgy to Pharmacology: Christian Sogdian texts from the Turfan Collection. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Bi, Bo (2018) Sogdian Documents from Khotan in the Museum of Renmin University of China. Beijing: Zhongguo shehui kexue chubanshe = 中国社会科学出版社.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and De Blois, Francois (2018) Studies in the chronology of the Bactrian documents from Northern Afghanistan. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2017) An ascetic miscellany: The Christian Sogdian manuscript E28. Turnhout (Belgium): Brepols.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2016) A Dictionary: Christian Sogdian, Syriac and English. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2015) The Life of St Serapion and other Christian Sogdian texts from the manuscripts E25 and E26. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Hamilton, James (2015) Turco-Sogdian Documents from 9th–10th century Dunhuang. London: SOAS.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2014) Biblical and other Christian Sogdian texts from the Turfan Collection. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2007) Bactrian documents from Northern Afghanistan, Vol. 2: Letters and Buddhist texts. London: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2004) Recent discoveries in the Bactrian language and their historical significance. Kabul: Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2001) Bactrian Documents from Northern Afghanistan, Vol I: Legal and Economic Documents. Oxford; New York: The Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press.

Articles

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2017) 'Two Iranian loanwords in Syriac'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (80) 3, pp 485-490.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Bi, Bo and Yan, Yan (2017) 'Another Sogdian-Chinese bilingual epitaph'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (80) 2, pp 305-318.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2017) 'Two words in the Sogdian version of the Antirrheticus of Evagrius Ponticus'. Dabir, (1) 4, pp 36-39.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2008) 'Remarks on the Bactrian colophon. [Appendix to S. Karashima, “Fragments of a manuscript of the Prātimokṣasūtra of the Mahāsāṃghika-(Lokottara)vādins (1)”]'. Annual Report of the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University, (11), pp 89-90.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2007) 'News from Ancient Afghanistan'. The Silk Road, (4) 2, pp 5-10.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2007) 'A Bactrian quarrel'. Bulletin of the Asia Institute [n.s.], (17), pp 9-15.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Grenet, Frantz (2007) 'The Sogdian inscriptions of Kultobe'. Shygys, (2006) 1, pp 95-111.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Lee, Jonathan (2003) 'The antiquities and inscription of Tang-i Safedak'. Silk Road Art and Archaeology, (9), pp 159-184.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2002) 'Nouveaux documents bactriens du Guzgan. [New Bactrian Documents from Guzgan]'. Comptes rendus de l'Academie des Inscriptions & Belles-Lettres, (2002), pp 1047-58.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2002) 'The Bactrian inscription on the seal of Khingila'. Silk Road Art and Archaeology, (vol. 8), pp 143-148.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2002) 'Dr Ilya Gershevitch'. Jesus College, Cambridge, Annual Report, (vol. 9), pp 31-34.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2002) 'On kings and nomads: New documents in ancient Bactrian reveal Afghanistan's past'. IIAS Newsletter, (vol. 2), pp 12-13.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2001) 'The inscriptions on the Miho bowl and some comparable objects'. Studia Iranica, (vol. 3), pp 187-198.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Grenet, Frantz and de la Vaissière, Étienne (2001) 'The Sogdian Ancient Letter V'. Alexander’s Legacy in the East: Studies in honor of Paul Bernard. Bulletin of the Asia Institute, (12), pp 91-104.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2000) 'Four Bactrian economic documents'. Bulletin of the Asia Institute, (11), pp 3-15.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2000) 'Gods and Merchants: Sogdian inscriptions of the Upper Indus'. TAASA Review, The Journal of the Asian Arts Society of Australia, (9/3), pp 14-17.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2000) 'The Iranian inscriptions of Shatial'. Professor Gregory M. Bongard-Levin Felicitation Volume. Indologica Taurinensia, (23-24), pp 523-541.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (1996) 'On the historic present and injunctive in Sogdian and Choresmian'. Münchener Studien zur Sprachwissenschaft, (56), pp 173-189.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and Cribb, J (1996) 'A new Bactrian inscription of Kanishka the Great'. Silk Road Art and Archaeology, (4), pp 75-142.

Edited Books or Journals

Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (ed.), (2007) Part 4: Dictionary of Manichaean texts in Chinese. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols. (Dictionary of manichaean texts. Vol. III, Texts from Central Asia and China).

Blois, François de and Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (eds.), (2006) Dictionary of Manichaean texts. Vol. II, Texts from Iraq and Iran. Turnhout: Brepols.

Durkin-Meisterernst, Desmond and Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (eds.), (2004) Dictionary of Manichaean Texts Vol. III Part 1. Turnhout: Brepols.

Elfenbein, J. and MacKenzie, D. N. and Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (eds.), (2003) A New Etymological Vocabulary of Pashto. Wiesbaden: Reichert. (Beiträge zur Iranistik ; Bd. 23).

Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (ed.), (2002) Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples. Oxford University Press.

Yarshater, Ehsan, (ed.), (2002) Encyclopaedia Iranica. Bibliotheca Persica Press (New York).

Diakonoff, I. M. and Livshits, V. A. and MacKenzie, D. N. and Bader, A. N. and Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (eds.), (2001) Parthian economic documents from Nisa, Texts I,. SOAS (UK).

Book Chapters

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2019) 'A multilingual Manichean calendar from Turfan (U130)'. In: Gulácsi, Zsuzsanna, (ed.), Language, society, and religion in the world of the Turks : Festschrift for Larry Clark at seventy-five. Turnhout (Belgium): Brepols, pp 251-266.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2008) 'Jaḡatu'. In: Yarshater, Ehsan, (ed.), Encyclopaedia Iranica. Vol.14/4. New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation Inc., pp 372-373.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2008) 'The Sasanians in the East. A Bactrian archive from northern Afghanistan'. In: Curtis, Vesta Sarkhosh and Stewart, Sarah, (eds.), The Sasanian Era. London: I.B.Tauris, pp 88-102.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2008) 'The Sogdian potentialis'. In: Macuch, Maria and Maggi, Mauro and Sundermann, Werner, (eds.), Iranian languages and texts from Iran and Turan. Ronald E. Emmerick memorial volume. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 377-386.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2008) 'Bactrian tallies'. In: Huber, Brigitte and Volkart, Marianne and Widmer, Paul, (eds.), Chomolangma, Demawend und Kasbek, Festschrift für Roland Bielmeier zu seinem 65. Geburtstag. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, pp 525-523.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2007) 'Bactrian letters from the Sasanian and Hephthalite periods'. In: Panaino, Antonio and Piras, Andrea, (eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Conference of the Societas Iranologica Europæa held in Ravenna, 6-11 October 2003. Milan, Italy: Mimesis, pp 701-713.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and de la Vaissière, Étienne (2007) 'Jabḡuya, i: Origin and early history'. In: Yarshater, Ehsan, (ed.), Encyclopaedia Iranica. Vol 14/3. New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation Inc., pp 314-315.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas and De Blois, Francois (2006) 'The Bactrian calendar: new material and new suggestions'. In: Weber, Dieter, (ed.), Languages of Iran: past and present. Iranian studies in memoriam David Neil MacKenzie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp 185-196.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2004) 'A Greek-Sogdian bilingual from Bulayïq'. La Persia e Bisanzio. Roma: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, pp 623-31.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2004) 'The Parthian abstract suffix -yft'. In: Penney, J. H. W., (ed.), Indo-European Perspectives: Studies in Honour of Anna Morpurgo Davies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 539-47.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2004) 'Two Bactrian fragments from Yar-khoto'. In: Durkin-Meisterernst, Desmond, (ed.), Turfan revisited. The first century of research into the arts and culture of the Silk Road. Berlin: Reimer, pp 325-32, 461.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2003) 'A Christian Sogdian polemic against the Manichaeans'. In: Cereti, Carlo G. and Maggi, Mauro and Provasi, Elio, (eds.), Religious themes and texts of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia. Studies in honour of Professor Gherardo Gnoli. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, pp 399-408, p. 9.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2003) 'Contrat de mariage bactrien'. In: Bopearachchi, O and Landes, Christian and Sachs, C, (eds.), De l’Indus à l’Oxus. Archéologie de l’Asie Centrale. Lattes: Association Imago, pp 390-391, 393.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2003) 'A Christian Sogdian polemic against the Manichaeans'. In: Cereti, Carlo G. and Maggi, 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: Reichert, pp 401-410.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2003) 'Three notes on Iranian words in Arabic sources'. In: van Tongerloo, Aloïs, (ed.), Iranica Selecta. Studies in honour of Professor Wojciech Skalmowski on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Turnhout: Brepols, pp 213-217.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2002) 'Ancient Afghanistan and its invaders: Linguistic evidence from the Bactrian documents and inscriptions'. In: Sims-Williams, Nicholas, (ed.), Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 225-242.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2001) 'The Sogdian Ancient Letter II'. In: Schmidt, Maria Gabriela and Bisang, Walter, (eds.), Philologica et Linguistica. Historia, Pluralitas, Universitas. Festschrift für Helmut Humbach zum 80. Geburtstag am 4. Dezember 2001. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp 267-280.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2001) 'Sogdian Ancient Letter II'. In: Juliano, Annette L. and Lerner, Judith A., (eds.), Monks and merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China. New York: Harry N. Abrams with The Asia Society, pp 47-49.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2001) 'Middle Persian padisay and Old Persian vasna'. In: Sadeghi, Ali Ashraf, (ed.), Yādnāmah-ʼi Duktur Aḥmad Tafaz̤z̤ulī = Tafazzoli memorial volume. Tehran: Sokhan Publishers, pp 59-65.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2001) 'Avestan sußra-, Turkish süvre'. In: Bazin, L. and Zieme, Peter, (eds.), De Dunhuang à Istanbul. Hommage à James Russell Hamilton. Turnhout: Brepols, pp 329-338.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2000) 'Some reflections on Zoroastrianism in Sogdiana and Bactria'. In: Christian, D. and Benjamin, C., (eds.), Realms of the Silk roads: ancient and modern : proceedings from the third Conference of the Australasian society for Inner Asian studies (A.S.I.A.S.), Macquarie university, September 18-20, 1998. Belgium: Brepols, pp 1-12.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2000) 'A Bactrian Buddhist manuscript'. In: Braarvig, Jens, (ed.), Manuscripts in the Schøyen collection, I: Buddhist manuscripts. Oslo: Hermes Publishing, pp 275-7.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2000) 'Aurentes'. In: Emmerick, Ronald E. and Sundermann, Werner and Zieme, Peter, (eds.), Studia Manichaica. IV. Internationaler Kongreß zum Manichäismus, Berlin, 14.-18. Juli 1997 (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berichte und Abhandlungen, Sonderband). Berlin: Akademie Verlag, pp 560-563.

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (1997) 'The denominal suffix -ant- and the formation of the Khotanese transitive perfect'. In: Lubotsky, Alexander, (ed.), Sound law and analogy. Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp 317-325.

Conference Items

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2004) 'Les sogdiens en chine - Towards a new edition of the Sogdian Ancient Letters'.

Compositions

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (2002) 'In memoriam, for violin, viola and cello'.

Other

Sims-Williams, Nicholas (1997) 'New light on ancient Afghanistan: the decipherment of Bactrian'.

 

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