Tudor A. Sala specializes in the cultural and religious history of Eurasia in late antiquity, with a special focus on the connections and exchanges between the Mediterranean and West and Central Asia. He studied Religious Studies, Science of the Christian Near East and Philosophy the University of Bonn. After receiving a master degree in 2003, he continued his studies at Yale University obtaining a second master degree in 2008 and a Ph.D. in 2011 with a thesis on control and surveillance in early monasticism. After this he was a postdoctoral fellow of the Leibniz Association/DAAD at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz (2012-2013) and lecturer at the Byzantine Studies Department at the University of Mainz (2013-2014). Since May 2013, he is a Dahlem Research School COFUND fellow in Topoi with a project entitled “Eastern Promises of Salvation: Religious Authority, Spiritual Pedigree, and the Globalization of Knowledge in Ancient Asian Christianities, c. 100–c. 400 CE.

His current research interests include the social history of asceticism and early monasticism, Manichaeism, the institutional history of ancient Christianity, and the transmission of knowledge in the ancient world.

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