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Professor Almut Hintze has been made a Fellow of the British Royal Academy

July 21, 2015  2:14 pm


    Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at SOAS, was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. She is a The Trustee of the Ancient India and Iran Trust and joins the Trust’s Chairman, Prof. Nicholas Sims-Williams and Prof. Julius Lipner as the third trustee to be a fellow of the British Academy.


    Prof. Hintze was elected along with three colleagues from SOAS, all of whom were recognised for their outstanding research. Professor Hintze’s work focuses on Indo-Iranian philology and Zoroastrian literature and religion. She is currently working on a critical edition and translation of the Avestan and Pahlavi Yasna, the core ritual of the Zoroastrians. Professor Hintze was also a co-curator of The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination exhibition, and most recently, she was teaching ‘An Introduction to the Avestan Language’ in Pune, India this summer.


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    Almut Hintze is Zartoshty Brothers Professor of Zoroastrianism at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She studied Classics and Indo-European philology at Heidelberg, Oxford and Erlangen Universities and took her PhD in 1990 with an edition of the Avestan Zamyād Yašt. From 1990 to 1996 she taught Indo-Iranian Studies at the Institut für Indogermanistik of the Freie Universität Berlin, where she did the habilitation in 1997. She subsequently held a Heisenberg research professorship of the German National Research Association (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and a fellowship at Clare Hall College, Cambridge. Since 1998 she has been teaching Zoroastrianism, Avestan and Pahlavi at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London.


    Almut Hintze has published on Indo-Iranian and, especially, Avestan philology. Her major publications include a study of the semantics of words for ‘reward’ in Vedic and Avestan (2000), commentaries and annotated editions of Zoroastrian sacred texts, in particular of the Avestan Zamyād Yašt (1994) and the Yasna Haptanghaiti (2007). She has worked and published with Zoroastrian high priests, including Dastur K. M. JamaspAsa, in whose private collections in Bombay in 1989 she discovered an important Avestan manuscript believed to be lost. With another high priest, Dastur F. M. Kotwal, she published a facsimile edition of the Khorde Avesta and Yasht manuscript E1 (2008). She also has to her name numerous articles in books, journals and encyclopaedias dealing with problems of Avestan language and text composition, Indo-Iranian philology, and Zoroastrian religion. Professor Hintze’s current research is concerned with the exegetical Yasna. At SOAS she leads a group of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on an edition of the Avestan, Pahlavi and Sanskrit versions of the Yasna. This is a venture that happens not in isolation but as part of a larger, collaborative enterprise, the Corpus Avesticum, with other teams working on the Long Liturgy (Alberto Cantera in Salamanca) and the Yašts and Khorde Avesta (groups in Berlin, Göttingen and Ravenna). The target is to produce a much-needed new edition of the liturgical and exegetical Avesta.


    Honours and awards which Professor Hintze has received include election as Corresponding Member of the Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente (later Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, now Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente) in 1994, Visiting Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Prince­ton, USA (1996), Kaikhosrov D. Irani Visiting Lecturer, City College, New York (2000), Visiting Scholar at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge (2003–2006), Visiting Professor, University of Salamanca (2010), and most recently, election as Fellow of the British Academy. She has been recipient of a range of research grants, including a Fellowship of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2004) and a British Academy Research Readership (2004 –2006). Professor Hintze is currently President of the Societas Iranologica Europaea (2011–2015) and served as Head of Department of the Study of Religions, SOAS in 2008–2011. Since 1999 she has been Trustee and, since 2010, Honorary Treasurer of the Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge and since 2003 Secretary of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum.