SOAS University of London

South Asia Department

Renate Söhnen-Thieme

DrPhil (Mainz)
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Renate Sohnen Thieme
Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia

Research Associate

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Member, Centre of Buddhist Studies

Centre for Iranian Studies


Centre of Jaina Studies

Member, Centre of Jaina Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


SOAS South Asia Institute

Member, Centre of South Asian Studies

Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies (CCLPS)


Jaina-Prosopography: Monastic Lineages, Networks and Patronage

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Dr Renate Söhnen-Thieme
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Classical languages (sanskrit); History of Old Indian Literature (religious and secular)



Sanskrit epics and Puranas; development of ancient Indian narrative literature; Sanskrit syntax and stylistics


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Available for
  • Long Term Consultancy
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • South Asia
Country Expertise
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Hindi
  • Sanskrit


Book Chapters

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2009) 'Indra in the Harivamsa.' In: Goldman, R. P. and Tokunaga, M., (eds.), Epic Undertakings. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, pp. 335-370. (Papers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference held in Helsinki, Finland, 13-18 July 2003, vol. 2)

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2009) 'Buddhist tales in the Mahabharata?' In: Koskikallio, Petteri, (ed.), Parallels and comparisons: proceedings of the Fourth Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas, September 2005. Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2008) 'Abu Dongbu and his foster-parents: an episode from the Kesar epic in Baltistan.' In: Huber, Brigitte and Volkart, Marianne and Widmer, Paul, (eds.), Chomolangma, Demawend und Kasbek, Festschrift für Roland Bielmeier. Halle (Saale): VGH Wissenschaftsverlag Halle, pp. 227-256. (Beiträge zur Zentralasienforschung; 12)

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2007) 'Six Balti Marsiyas.' In: Barrett, T. H., (ed.), Dimensions of South Asian Religion. London: The School of Oriental and African Studies, pp. 35-65. (SOAS Working Papers in the Study of Religion)

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2005) 'The setting of Puranas: frame stories, layers of interlocution, and ultimate authority.' In: Koskikallio, Petteri, (ed.), Epics, Khilas, and Puranas: Continuities and Ruptures. Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, pp. 437-469.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2003) 'Ramayana.' In: W, R, (ed.), Enzyklopedia des Marchens. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 176-190.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2003) 'Paul Thieme (1905-2001): Ordinarus fur Indologie und Vergleichende Religionswissenschaft an der Universitat Tubingen 1960-1973.' In: Bruchner, H and Butzenberger, K and Malinar, A and Zeller, G, (eds.), Indienforschung im Zeitenwandel: Analysen und Dokumente. Tubingen (Germany): Attemo Verlag, pp. 250-279.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2002) 'Goddess, Gods, and Demons in the Devimahatmya.' In: Brockington, M., (ed.), Stages and Transitions: Temporal and Historical Frameworks in Epic and Puranic Literature. Proceedings of the Second Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas. August 1999. Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, pp. 239-260.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2001) 'On the Vrtra myth in the Rgveda: a question of stratification.' In: Philologica et Linguistica: Historia, Pluralitas, Universitas (Festschrift für Helmut Humbach). Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, pp. 302-315.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (1999) 'On the composition of the Dyutaparvan in the Mahabharata.' In: Brockington, M. and Schreiner, P., (eds.), Composing a tradition: concepts techniques and relationships. Zagreb, pp. 139-154.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (1998) 'Rahmungsstrukturen in der altindischen Epik: Valmiki und das Ramayana.' In: H, ed, (ed.), New Methods in the Research of Epic. Gunter Narr (Tubingen), pp. 105-123.

Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (1997) 'Rise and decline of the Indra religion in the Veda.' In: Witzel, M, (ed.), Inside the texts - beyond the texts. New Approaches to the study of the Vedas Dept. of Indian Studies. Harvard University, pp. 235-243.


Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (2008) 'New Prakrit Courses at SOAS.' Jaina Studies Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies (3). p. 48.


Sohnen-Thieme, Renate (1996) 'Die Geschichte der Apala in der altindischen Literatur.' In: Veda-vyakarana-vyakhyana. Festschrift für Paul Thieme. Reinbek. pp. 407-452.

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