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István Perczel

Subproject South India

István Perczel is a scholar of Byzantine history and early Christianity, and holds the chair for Medieval History at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his Candidatus Scientiae degree in 1995 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and has been teaching since 1994 - with extensive research breaks - at CEU. Perczel is one of the leading experts on Dionysius the Areopagite and the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala. Since 2000 he has led a project to explore and digitalize the Syriac and Malayalam manuscripts of the Saint Thomas Christians in South India. He has initiated the study of Classical Syriac as a modern Indian lingua franca and of Garshuni Malayalam. Beyond fluency in Ancient Greek, Latin, Classical Syriac, Garshuni Malayalam and Church Slavic, he also speaks Hungarian, English, French, Modern Greek, Russian, Italian, German and Ktobonoyo and has a working knowledge of Hebrew, Malayalam and Old Portuguese.

Vita and Publications


  • Since 2007 - Professor: Central European University (CEU), Department of Medieval Studies, Budapest, Hungary

  • 2004-2009 - Research Associate: Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Orientalisches Seminar

  • 1998-2007 - Associate Professor: CEU Department of Medieval Studies

  • 1994-1997 - Assistant Professor, CEU Department of Medieval Studies

  • 1980-1994 - Free-lance translator, literary critic, university lecturer and language teacher

Education and Degrees

  • 1995 - Ph.D. (Candidatus scientiae in Religious Studies), Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary   

  •  1977-80 - University of Economics, Budapest, Hungary, Econometrics 


Please see full list on Central European University website



Prof. Dr. Istvan Perczel

CEU website

+36 1 327-3000 x 2065

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