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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


10 December 2019
BBC History Magazine has published its annual list of "History Books of the Year" for 2019 and "Chinese Thought" made the list, at number 31, chosen by Rana Mitter.

03 December 2019
When you read texts from early China, stretching across a thousand-year period from the ninth century BC into the second century, two principles of nature stand out. First, the Chinese emphasize that everything in the natural world is interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent.Secondly, the Chinese did not isolate nature as a disconnected and purely biophysical world (as the scholar or scientist would do in the study or laboratory).

03 December 2019
Ibn Fadlan's detailed description of the "Rusiyyah", a group of Viking people he encountered on the shores of the Volga River whilst on an embassy to the king of the Volga Bulgars in AD 921 gives us a detailed, meticulous window into a world often shrouded in legend and saga.

28 November 2019
Melvyn Bragg and guests, including Roel Sterckx, discuss the life and ideas of Li Shizhen (1518-1593) whose compendium of natural medicines is celebrated in China as the most complete survey of natural remedies of its time.

25 November 2019
Paul Anderson's invited lecture at the Desiring the Middle East Seminar held in Pembroke College

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This project aims to produce a grammar of Biblical Hebrew that will bring together descriptions of all the known traditions of the language. It will include the traditions that are reflected by the medieval Masoretic manuscripts, with various vocalization traditions, and also the traditions found in Hebrew Bible manuscripts from Qumran, transcriptions of Biblical Hebrew from antiquity to the Middle Ages, and various oral reading traditions of Biblical Hebrew that have survived to modern times, including the Jewish oral traditions and the Samaritan tradition.