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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


16 May 2022
Prof. Christine van Ruymbeke, Ali Reza and Mohamed Soudavar Professor of Persian Studies, presented a paper "Le personnage principal du Haft Paykar de Nezami Ganjavi. Réflexions et analyse sur Bahram Gur en tant que caractère littéraire" at the Societas Iranologica Europaea workshop at EPHE (Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes), Paris on Friday, 13th May, 2022.

05 May 2022
The Japanese Studies Section was pleased to host master rakugo performer, Tatekawa Shinoharu, for his week in residence at Cambridge.

01 April 2022
Global Japon(s) Saison 4 Histoire du monde – histoire des mondes vu du Japon

28 March 2022
An episode of the The Siwan Project podcast presenting the history of Muslim Iberia and featuring Prof. Amira K. Bennison, Professor in the History and Culture of the Maghrib, has just been released on Spotify.

25 January 2022
Written by FAMES postdoctoral researcher Nick Posegay, Points of Contact: The Shared Intellectual History of Vocalisation in Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew is the latest volume in the Cambridge Semitic Languages and Cultures Series.

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The Dunhuang manuscripts have been discovered over a century ago and since then generated an impressive volume of research. Looking at the corpus today, one of its most astonishing features is the linguistic diversity of the material, manifested in a mixture of languages and scripts. There are texts in over twenty different languages and scripts, including combinations of these. There are examples of Tibetan written with Chinese characters as a way of recording the pronunciation of Tibetan names and titles.