SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Antonello Palumbo

Laurea MA PhD (Naples)
  • Teaching
  • Expertise
  • Publications



Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Chun-I Lin, Ceramic Tomb Figurines in the Chang’an Area from the 4th to the 7th Century: A Critical Study of Classification, Origins and Functions
  • Davide Latini, Reconstruction and Symbolic Analysis of the Ancient Chinese Myths [Working Title]
  • Emanuela Sala, Hermeneutical Strategies of Japanese Medieval Religions: The Yōtenki (working title)
  • Lana Ko, Mastering Life: Discipline of the Body and Transcendence of Death in the Zhuangzi 莊子
  • Meng Wang, The Life of the Sixteenth Karmapa and His Role in the Tibetan Buddhist Transmission to North America and Unitied Kingdom


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Available for
Regional Expertise
  • East Asia
Country Expertise
  • China
  • Italian


Authored Books

Palumbo, Antonello (2013) An early Chinese commentary on the Ekottarika-āgama: The Fenbie gongde lun 分別功德論 and the history of the translation of the Zengyi ahan jing 增一阿含經. Taipei: Dharma Drum Publishing Co. / Fagu wenhua 法鼓文化.


Palumbo, Antonello (2017) 'Exemption not Granted: The Confrontation between Buddhism and the Chinese State in Late Antiquity and the ‘First Great Divergence’ between China and Western Eurasia'. Medieval Worlds: Religious Exemption in Pre-Modern Eurasia, c. 300-1300 CE, (6), pp 118-155.

Palumbo, Antonello (2003) 'Critical Review of: Tiziana Lippiello, Auspicious Omens and Miracles in Ancient China: Han, Three Kingdoms and Six Dynasties'. Annali, (63), pp 268-276.

Palumbo, Antonello (1997) 'On the Author and Date of the Zhenzheng lun: An Obscure Page in the Struggle between Buddhists and Taoists in Mediaeval China'. Annali dell'Istituto Universitario Orientale - Napoli, (57) 3-4, pp 305-322.

Book Chapters

Palumbo, Antonello (2015) 'From Constantine the Great to Emperor Wu of the Liang: The rhetoric of imperial conversion and the divisive emergence of religious identities in Late Antique Eurasia.'. In: Papaconstantinou, Arietta and McLynn, Neil and Schwartz, Daniel, (eds.), Conversion in Late Antiquity: Christianity, Islam, and Beyond. Papers from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, University of Oxford, 2009–2010. Farnham: Ashgate, pp 95-122.

Palumbo, Antonello (2012) 'Models of Buddhist Kingship in Early Medieval China'. In: Yu, Xin 余欣, (ed.), Zhonggu shidai de liyi, zongjiao yu zhidu 中古時代的禮儀、宗教與制度 (New Perspectives on Ritual, Religion and Institution in Medieval China). Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe 上海古籍出版社, pp 287-338.

Palumbo, Antonello (2011) 'Il Buddhismo dall'Asia Centrale alla Cina'. In: D'Arelli, Francesco and Callieri, Pierfrancesco, (eds.), A Oriente: Città, uomini e dei sulle Vie della Seta. Milano: Mondadori Electa, pp 74-77.

Palumbo, Antonello (2008) 'Il rotolo manicheo di Pechino [The Beijing Manichaean Scroll]'. In: Gnoli, G., (ed.), Il Manicheismo. Volume III, Il mito e la dottrina: testi manichei dell'Asia Centrale e della Cina. Florence: Fondazione Lorenzo Valla & Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, pp 293-336.

Palumbo, Antonello (2008) 'La dottrina manichea nel «Compendio» di Dunhuang'. In: Gnoli, G., (ed.), Il Manicheismo. Volume III, Il mito e la dottrina: testi manichei dell'Asia Centrale e della Cina. Milan: Fondazione Lorenzo Valla & Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, pp 337-346.

Palumbo, Antonello (2003) 'Dharmaraksa and Kanthaka. White Horse Monasteries in Early Medieval China'. In: Verardi, G. and Vita, S., (eds.), Buddhist Asia 1: Papers from the First Conference of Buddhist Studies Held in Naples in May 2001. Kyoto: Italian School of East Asian Studies, pp 167-216.

Palumbo, Antonello (2003) 'La conversione degli Uiguri al Manicheismo: la versione cinese. [The Conversion of the Uighurs to Manichaeism: The Chinese version]'. In: Gnoli, G., (ed.), Il Manicheismo. Volume I, Mani e il Manicheismo.. Milan: Fondazione Lorenzo Valla & Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, pp 249-277.

Palumbo, Antonello (2003) 'Mani in Cina. [Mani in China]'. In: Gnoli, G., (ed.), Il Manicheismo. Volume I, Mani e il Manicheismo.. Milano: Fondazione Lorenzo Valla & Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, pp 281-316.

Conference Items

Palumbo, Antonello (2014) 'Periods in the History of Chinese Buddhism' In: International conference: Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher., 12-14 February 2014, Leiden University, Leiden. [Unpublished]

Palumbo, Antonello (2011) 'What Chinese sources really have to say about the dates of the Buddha' In: XVIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, 22 June 2011, Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Jinshan, Taiwan. [Unpublished]

Palumbo, Antonello (2007) 'Literary Evidence on Han Buddhism: A Brief Reassessment' In: Cultural Encounters Between Han and Tang: New Research on Early Imperial China (International Workshop), 23 February 2007, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. [Unpublished]

Book Reviews

Palumbo, Antonello (2017) 'Review of: Storch, Tanya, The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripiṭaka'. H-Buddhism.

Palumbo, Antonello (2016) 'Review of Salguero, C. Pierce, Translating Buddhist Medicine in Medieval China'. Journal of Chinese Religions, (44) 2, pp 201-204.


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