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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity
Event date: 
Wednesday, 22 November, 2023 - 14:00
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Book Culture in Buddhism and Beyond lecture given by Ming Tak Ted Hui, University of Oxford

The discovery of Khara-Khoto, a once-thriving city situated in the western part of Inner Mongolia, has yielded a wealth of manuscripts and printed texts, presenting a unique opportunity to explore the circulation and practice of Buddhism in Tangut society. Moreover, it allows for an examination of how the Tangut state in the eleventh century handled and reprinted manuscripts. This presentation will specifically focus on the Āgama sutras (Ahan jing 阿含經) discovered in Khara-Khoto. By comparing these Chinese texts from Khara-Khoto with the received editions, this presentation aims to shed light on the textual variations and editorial practices employed by the Tanguts. It will provide valuable insights into the Tanguts’ perspective on Theravada Buddhism. Through a close study of the Khara-Khoto texts, this presentation hopes to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the history of reading and Buddhism in the Tangut empire in the 11th century.

Ming Tak Ted Hui is an Associate Professor of Classical Chinese and Medieval China at the University of Oxford. He earned his B.A. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2020. He joined the TEXTCOURT project as a post-doctoral fellow and is currently finishing a book project that explores the multilingual environment of the Yuan dynasty in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, a period when China was under Mongol rule.

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