About this Fellow
George Hewitt retired in 2015 from SOAS, serving as Lecturer in Linguistics/Caucasian Languages (1988-1992), Reader in Caucasian Languages (1992-96), and finally Professor of Caucasian Languages (1996-2015). He previously lectured in Linguistics at Hull University (1981-88). Educated at Doncaster Grammar School (founded before 1350), he studied Classics at St. John's College (Cambridge), gaining his doctorate there following two years at Tbilisi University (Soviet Georgia) as a British Council exchange-postgraduate (1975-76, 1979-80). His publications address philological questions in Caucasian languages (principally Georgian and Abkhaz) and aspects of the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict. First president of the Societas Caucasologica Europaea (1986-90), he is Honorary Member of the International Circassian Academy and of Abkhazian Regional Academy of Sciences; he holds Abkhazia Order of Fame and Glory, a Medal of Abkhazia's Foreign Ministry, and a Medal of Abkhazia Defence Ministry. He is Abkhazia Honorary Consul in the UK.
- Professor Emeritus of Caucasian Languages, SOAS, University of London
- Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Hull, 1981 - 1988
- Lecturer in Linguistics/Caucasian Languages, Reader, Professor of Caucasian Languages, Soas, University Of London, 1988 - 1996
- Professor of Caucasian Languages, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Soas, University Of London, 1996 - 2017
- Emeritus Professor of Caucasian Languages, Soas, University Of London, 2017 - 1970
The History and Archaeology of the early Islamic Middle-East, North Africa and Spain c.600-1000 AD
Languages & civilisations of the Christian Near East (Armenian, Caucasian, Albanian, Coptic, Georgian); epigraphy. palaeography; Armenian history;
Politics in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq & Egypt; Islamic political thought; the relationship between art & power in the Middle East.
The languages, religions and history of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia with special attention to Zoroastrianism; Ancient and Middle Iranian philology and linguistics