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Department of the Study of Religions

Professor T H Barrett

BA (Cantab), PhD (Yale)


T H Barrett
Department of the Study of Religions

Emeritus Professor

Centre of Buddhist Studies

Member, Centre of Buddhist Studies

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Japan Research Centre (JRC)

Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre

Professor T H Barrett
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Inaugural Lecture

Professor T H Barrett: The Three Things I Learnt About China


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Hung-Chih Lo, Chinese Religious Dress, 5th-9th Centuries CE
  • Kazumi Taguchi, Beyond Tokugawa Confucianism: Soseki and Neo-Edo taste in the Meiji Bun'jin Community


History of Chinese religion, notably Taoism and Buddhism; pre-modern Chinese history, especially the Tang period


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • China


Authored Books

Barrett, T. H. (2008) The Woman Who Discovered Printing. London: Yale University Press.

Barrett, T. H. (2003) Poems of Hanshan. AltaMira.

Barrett, T. H. and Xun, Zhou (2001) The Wisdom of the Confucians. Oxford: Oneworld.

Barrett, T. H. (1996) Taoism Under the T'ang: Religion and Empire during the Golden Age of Chinese History. London: Wellsweep.

Book Chapters

Barrett, T. H. (2005) 'Buddhist Precepts in a Lawless World: Some Comments on the Linhuai Ordination Scandal.' In: Bodiford, W. M., (ed.), Going Forth. Visions of Buddhist Vinaya. University of Hawai'i Press, pp. 101-23.

Barrett, T. H. (2002) 'Introduction.' In: Penny, B., (ed.), Religion and Biography in China and Tibet. London: Curzon, pp. 1-12.

Barrett, T. H. (2000) 'Shinto and Taoism in Early Japan.' In: Breen, J. and Teeuwen, M., (eds.), Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami. Richmond: Curzon Press, pp. 13-31.


Barrett, T. H. (2005) 'Chinese Religion in English Guise: The History of an Illusion.' Modern Asian Studies, 39 (3). pp. 509-533.

Barrett, T. H. (2003) 'Tang Taoism and the mention of Jesus and Mani in Tibetan Zen.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (1). pp. 56-58.

Barrett, T. H. (2003) 'On the reconstruction of the Shenxian zhuan.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 66 (2). pp. 229-235.

Barrett, T. H. (2002) 'Buddhism, Taoism and the eighth century Chinese term for Christianity.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 65 (3). pp. 555-560.

Barrett, T. H. (2001) 'Stupa, sutra and sarira in China, c.656-706 CE.' Buddhist Studies Review, 18 (1). pp. 1-64.

Barrett, T. H. (2001) 'The Rise and Spread of Printing: A New Account of Religious Factors.' SOAS Working papers in the Study of Religions . pp. 1-40.

Barrett, T. H. (2001) 'Woodblock dyeing and printing technology in China, c.700A.D.: the innovations of Ms. Liu and other evidence.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 64 (2). pp. 240-247.

Barrett, T. H. (1998) 'China and the Redundancy of the Medieval.' The Medieval History Journal, 1 (1). pp. 73-89.

Barrett, T. H. (1996) 'The Fate of Buddhist Political Thought in China: The Rajah Dons a Disguise.' The Buddhist Forum, 4 . pp. 1-7.

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