SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Dr Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev

PhD and Habilitation (EPHE, Sorbonne)
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Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev
Near and Middle East Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Research Associate

Dr Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev
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Received PhD from the EPHE (Sorbonne) in 2002, and Habilitation in 2009. Before coming to SOAS, taught Biblical languages and the History of Oriental Christianities in the Universities of Rome, Montpellier and Durham. The monograph Arméniens et Byzantins à l’époque de Photius (Peeters 2004) has been awarded the Charles et Marguerite Diehl Prize by the French Academy. Contributed to the Cambridge History of Christianity and other collective volumes and leading international journals in Armenian and orientalist studies.


  • Transmission of intellectual traditions in Mediterranean region during Late Antiquity;
  • Christian-Jewish relations;
  • Armenian-Russian cultural relations;
  • Russian colonisation of the Caucasus and Central Asia;
  • Theological hermeneutics;
  • History and Patristics of the Armenian church;
  • Armenian apocrypha;
  • Armenian-Syriac and Armenian-Byzantine relationships;
  • Armenian historiography;
  • Christians under Islamic rule.


Authored Books

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2016) Christ in Armenian Tradition: Doctrine, Apocrypha, Art (Sixth–Tenth Centuries). Leuven: Peeters.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2004) Arméniens et Byzantins à l’époque de Photius: Deux débats théologiques après le Triomphe de l’orthodoxie. Leuven: Peeters.


Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2013) 'Rückkehr zur Geburtsgrotte. Eine Untersuchung des armenischen Berichts über die Kindheit des Herrn'. Theologie der Gegenwart, (56) 1, pp 30-43.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2012) 'Studies of Armenian Christian Tradition in the Twentieth Century'. Annual of Medieval Studies at Central European University, (18), pp 137-152.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2004) 'La découverte de la kénose de Dieu par la «Pensée faible : La religion dans l’œuvre de G. Vattimo»'. Istina, (69) 4, pp 361-377.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2003) 'La “Pâque d’Egypte” et la “Pâque de Jérusalem”: L’herméneutique de l’Exode dans les traditions chrétienne et rabbinique selon I.Y. Yuval'. Istina, (68) 4, pp 359-373.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2003) 'Sayat-Nova (c.1712-1795): hortus conclusus di un menestrello del Caucaso'. Revue des Études Arméniennes 29, pp 89-98.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor and Vernitski, Anat (2003) 'The Ambiguity of Religious References in A. Platonov’s Vprok (For Future Use)'. Australian Slavonic and East European Studies (Formely Melbourne Slavonic Studies), (17) 1-2, pp 101-121.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2001) 'Présence arménienne en Terre sainte'. Le Monde de la Bible, (136), pp 44-47.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2000) 'Icône, page blanche et le Carré noir: à propos des recherches sur l’iconographie de M.-J. Mondzain’ (discussion)'. Istina, (65) 3, pp 269-274.

Book Chapters

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2016) 'Kingship and Hospitality in the Iconography of the Palatine Church at Ałtʽamar'. In: Alzati, Cesare and Ossola, Carlo, (eds.), Costantinopoli. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΙΑ e ΙΕΡΩΣΥΝΗ. Studi in memoria di Gilbert Dagron. Florence: L.S. Olschki, pp 479-516.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2014) 'Возвращение в рождественскую пещеру: Память первозданного человечества в армянском Писании о детстве Господнем и в родственных источниках'. In: Seleznev, N. and Aržanov, Yu., (eds.), Miscellanea Orientalia Christiana. Восточнохристианское разнообразие. Bochum: Ruhr Universität, pp 149-184.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2014) 'The Cave of the Nativity Revisited: Memory of the Primæval Beings in the Armenian Lord’s Infancy and Cognate Sources'. In: Mardirossian, A and Ouzounian, A and Zuckerman, C, (eds.), Mélanges Jean-Pierre Mahé. Paris: Association des Amis du Centre d’Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, pp 285-334.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2013) 'Travels and Studies of Stephen of Siwnik (c.685–735): Redefining Armenian Orthodoxy Under Islamic Rule'. In: Roach, Andrew P. and Simpson, James R., (eds.), Heresy and the Making of European Culture. Medieval and Modern Perspectives. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 355-381.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2012) 'La risposta di Giacomo di Nisibi ad Aristace'. In: Lenzi, G, (ed.), Afraate, Le esposizioni. Brescia: Paideia, pp 65-66.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2010) 'La transmission de l’apocryphe de l’Enfance de Jésus en Arménie'. In: Frey, Jörg and Schröter, Jens, (eds.), Jesus in apokryphen Evangelienüberlieferungenn: Beiträge zu ausserkanonischen Jesusüberlieferungen aus verschiedenen Sprach- und Kulturtraditionen. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp 557-582.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2010) 'Chiese non-calcedonesi'. In: Melloni, A., (ed.), Dizionario del sapere storico-religioso del Novecento. Bologna: Il Mulino, pp 515-534.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2009) 'Silence, Intellect and Discourse in the Quest for the True Teaching: Reflections on Hermes Trismegistos’s «Definitions»'. In: Pabst, A. and Schneider, C., (eds.), Encounter between Eastern Orthodoxy and Radical Orthodoxy: Transfiguring the World through the Word. Surrey: Ashgate, pp 176-184.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2009) '‘Exploration of the Kazakh Steppes and Semireč’e in Russia from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century'. In: Bonora, G.L. and Pianciola, N. and Sartori, P., (eds.), Kazakhstan: Religions and Society in the History of Central Eurasia. Turin, Italy: U. Allemandi, pp 179-198.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2009) 'L’Ermete armeno: un catechismo. Ermete il Tre-volte-grande ad Asclepio «Definizioni»(annotated translation, introduction, lexicon)'. In: Scarpi, P., (ed.), La rivelazione segreta di Ermete Trismegisto, vol. I.. Milan: Mondadori, pp 3-23, 393.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2008) 'The Churches of the Near East and Their Missions From the Persian to the Turkish Conquest, 604-1071'. In: Smith, J.M.H. and Noble, Thomas F. X., (eds.), Cambridge History of Christianity. Vol. 3: Early Medieval Christianities, c. 600-c.1100. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 65-85.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2008) 'Nazionalismo e religione nella dinamica del Genocidio degli armeni (1915-1916)'. In: Berti, F. and Cortese, F., (eds.), Il crimine dei crimini. Stermini di massa nel Novecento. Milan: Franco Angeli, pp 64-84.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2006) 'The Apostolic Foundation Stone: the conception of Orthodoxy in the controversy between Photius of Constantinople and Isaac Surnamed Mŕut (882)'. In: Louth, A. and Casiday, A., (eds.), Byzantine Orthodoxies: Papers from the Thirty-sixth Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, University of Durham, 23–25 March 2002. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp 179-198.

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2006) '«Manto terrestre dell’immagine solare»: Note sul linguaggio cristologico di Gregorio di Narek'. In: Mahe, J.P. and Zekiyan, B.L., (eds.), Saint Grégoire de Narek: théologien et mystique. Rome: PIO, pp 113-138.

Book Reviews

Dorfmann-Lazarev, Igor (2009) 'Review of 'Nerses of Lambron. Commentary on the Revelation of Saint John'. Translation of the Armenian text, notes, and introduction by Robert W. Thomson'. Le Muséon, (122) 1/2, pp 231-236.


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