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Uncovering the Buried History of Syriac Christianity in China: Primary Sources from the Tang and Yuan Dynasties

Tang Li 唐莉 (Salzburg University & Cambridge University)

Date: 6 February 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 6 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B204

Type of Event: Seminar


Following a brief introduction to the spread of Syriac Christianity from Mesopotamia to China, I discuss the extant forms and genres of primary sources and the challenges they pose for reconstructing the history of Syriac Christianity (jingjiao 景教) in China from the Tang to the Yuan Dynasty.  


Tang Li holds a PhD in Languages and Cultures of the Christian Orient, University of Tübingen, Germany. She is Senior Research Fellow and University Lecturer at Salzburg University, Austria, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity and at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the history of Syriac Christianity in China, Central Asia and along the Silk Road. Her major publications include A Study of the History of Nestorian Christianity in China and Its Literature in Chinese together with a New English Translation of the Dunhuang Nestorian Documents (2002 / 2004), East Syriac Christianity in Mongol-Yuan China (12th–14th Centuries) (2011).

Organiser: Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS China Institute and London Confucius Institute

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