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Radu Mustata 

Subproject South India

Radu Mustaţă is a PhD candidate in medieval and early modern studies at the Central European University (Budapest). His doctoral research focuses on the transformation of the Syriac literary heritage of the Saint Thomas Christians from South India during the second half of the sixteenth and the first decades of the seventeenth century, as a result of the interaction between the Indian Christians, their Syrian prelates and the European missionaries. He has studied classical philology in Bucharest and Rome, and medieval studies and Syriac in Budapest. He translated some works from the late antique Greek patristic literature into Romanian, and his MA thesis – which he is currently reworking into a monograph – consists of a critical edition, translation and study of a Syriac text which encapsulates major theological changes and reforms meant to be implemented in the ecclesiastic life of the Saint Thomas Christians, under the agency of the Catholic missionaries, during the second half of the sixteenth century and in the aftermath of the synod of Diamper (1599). 



Radu Mustata, M.A.

Vita and Publications


Education and degrees

  • Since September 2014 - Central European University – Doctoral candidate – Department of Medieval Studies. Research topic: The Syriac Version of Pedro Gomez’s Treatise De septem sacramentis ecclesiae and the Syriac Legacy of Francisco Roz.

  • 2012–2013 - scholarship offered by Accademia Vivarium Novum, Rome.

  • 2011-2014 - Central European University – Budapest, MA in Medieval Studies (graded with distinction). Research topic: Codex Mannanam Syriacus 46 and a Catholic Homily in Praise of Saint Thomas.

  • 2008-2011 - University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of Classical Philology – valedictorian. BA thesis topic: St. John Chrysostom, De prophetiarum obscuritate (translation, notes and commentaries).



  • Codex Mannanam Syriacus 46 and a Catholic Homily in Praise of Saint Thomas (under preparation).

  • The Canonical Letter by Gregory the Thaumaturge, The Canonical Letter of Pope Dionysius of Alexandria to Basilides the Bishop, The Letter against Paul of Samosata attributed to six orthodox bishops (Hymenaeus, Theophilus, Theoctenus, Maximus, Proclus and Bolanus), The Letter against Paul of Samosata by Pseudo-Dionysius of Alexandria, (forthcoming in the first volume of the Romanian translation of the Πρακτικὰ τῶν ἱερῶν καὶ οἰκουμενικῶν συνόδων). 

  • Saint John Chrysostom, On the Obscurity of the Old Testament, (translation, introductory study and notes), (Bucharest: Publishing House of the Biblical and Orthodox Mission Institute, 2013), ISBN 978-973-616-251-0; [in Romanian].

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