Yuri Stoyanov

Research Associate

University of London School of Oriental and African Studies

Yuri Stoyanov is a member of the Department of the Near and Middle East, Faculty of Languages and Cultures in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.

He has lectured and published widely on various facets of the interaction between the theologies and soteriologies of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as the persisting interchanges between some of their heterodox and apocalyptic trends. He is the author of The Hidden Tradition in Europe (Penguin, London, 1994), The Other God (Yale UP, London & New York, 2000), assistant editor of Christian Dualist Heresies in the Byzantine World c.650-c.1450 (Manchester UP, Manchester & New York, 1998).

Stoyanov, who is a major expert of Byzantine Studies, is of a unique category of scholar who fully appreciates the legacy of ancient Persia in its various domains, including theology and Zoroastrianism and military history. There is a deep appreciation by Yuri Stoyanov of the interplay and mutual influences of the Romano-Byzantine and Iranian worlds in antiquity, a vast domain in which he sets the standard of academic inquiry and scholarship.