Research Team



Ruzbeh Vistasp Hodiwala

M.A. (London)

Ruzbeh is currently pursuing his doctoral studies with the Department of History, Religion, and Philosophies under Dr. Almut Hintze, Zartoshty Brothers Professor for Zoroastrian Studies, and Dr. Nima Mina, Senior Lecturer in Persian and Iranian Studies at SOAS, University of London. His doctoral thesis is on ‘The Historical Origins and Development of the Neo-Zoroastrian Movement: An ethnographic study of Neo-Zoroastrian settlements'.

He studied Economics at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad in India in 2012-15, and did his MA in Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2016-17.  His academic interest lies in the field of Cultural Anthropology of Religion with a focus on Neo-Zoroastrianism; New Religious Movements; Migration & Diaspora Studies; History, Culture and, Politics of Iran.


Supervisory Committee

The project is supervised by an interdisciplinary committee comprising senior faculty members, viz. Dr. Almut Hintze from the Department of Religions, History & Philosophies, and Dr. Nima Mina from the Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London.

Professor Almut Hintze

MPhil. (Oxon.), Dr Phil. (Erlangen), Dr Habil. (Berlin), FBA

Professor Almut Hintze serves as the primary supervisor on the doctoral project’s supervisory panel.


She has studied Indo-European philology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Oxford and earned her Ph.D. in Indo-Iranian Studies at the University of Erlangen. After her habilitation in Berlin with a study of the semantics of “reward” in Ancient Iranian (Avestan) and Vedic Sanskrit texts, she spent a term at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Subsequently, she became Research Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and was appointed to the Zartoshty Brothers post at SOAS in 2001. She was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2015. She currently directs a collaborative project on the Multimedia Yasna, funded by European Research Council (2016–2021), to produce an interactive film of a complete performance of the Yasna ritual, electronic tools for editing Avestan texts, and a text-critical edition, translation, commentary and dictionary of the Avestan Yasna.


Profile of Almut Hintze


Dr. Nima Mina
MA (Marburg), DESS in music performance (Montreal), PhD


Dr. Nima Mina serves as a second supervisor on the doctoral project’s supervisory panel.

He is a senior lecturer in Persian and Iranian Studies. His expertise lies in Iranian current affairs, exile literature by multilingual Iranian writers, translation studies, cross-cultural reception of literature, theory and practice of literary text analysis.


Profile of Nima Mina