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BuddhistRoad Guest Lecture

Newly Discovered Old Uyghur Manuscripts: Practice and Rituals of the Uyghur Buddhists

Online Event

BuddhistRoad Guest Lecture by Ma Fu (Beijing)

The lecture will be available online on Zoom. Please pre-register until 16 May 2023, 12 pm. Zoom lecture times 2: 2 pm (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rom, Vienna); 8 pm (Beijing); 8 am (East Cost)

Due to the lack of literary records, both the private religious practices and the public rituals of the Uighur Buddhist communities can mainly be traced in unearthed manuscripts. Recent excavations in important Buddhist sites in Turfan such as Tuyuq have brought about significant new material on the everyday life of Buddhist monks and practitioners of the Old Uyghur time. Practice and ritual texts in Old Uyghur have also been re-discovered in public and private collections in China these days, revealing various aspects of the religious life of the Old Uyghur Buddhists in their homeland and in China proper.

Ma Fu is a Historian. He is Assistant Professor of Chinese History at Beijing University and specialises in the History of Pre-Islamic Eastern Central Asia and the Silk Road. His recent publications include Fu Ma 付馬, Sichou zhilu shang de Xizhou Huihu wangchao: 9~13 shiji Zhongya dongbu lishi yanjiu 絲綢之路上的西州回鶻王朝: 9–13 世紀中亞東部歷史研究. [The West Uyghur Kingdom on the Silk Road: Study on the History of Eastern Central Asia during 9th–13th Centuries] (Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2019) and Ma Fu, “Buddhist and Christian Relay Posts on the Silk Road (9th–12th c.)”, Central Asiatic Journal 63.1–2 (2021): 239–255.

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Tanja Heilig B.A.


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