The BuddhistRoad project has been creating a new framework to understand the dynamics of cultural encounter and religious transfer across premodern Eastern Central Asia. This framework includes a new focus on the complex interactions between Buddhism and non-Buddhist traditions and a deepening of the traditional focus on Buddhist doctrines between the 6th and 14th centuries, as Buddhism continued to spread along an ancient, local political-economic-cultural system of exchange, often referred to as the Silk Roads. This volume brings together world renowned experts to discuss these issues including Buddhism and Christianity, Islam, Daoism, Manichaeism, local indigenous traditions, Tantra etc.
Contributors include: Daniel Berounský, Michal Biran, Max Deeg, Lewis Doney, Mélodie Doumy, Meghan Howard Masang, Yukiyo Kasai, Diego Loukota, Carmen Meinert, Sam van Schaik, Henrik H. Sørensen, and Jens Wilkens.
Lewis Doney, PhD (2011), is Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and cooperation partner of the ERC project BuddhistRoad. He has published on numerous aspects of early Tibetan kingship and religion and Sino-Tibetan communities around Dunhuang, including the monograph The Zangs gling ma: The First Padmasambhava Biography (International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, 2014) and the edited volume, Bringing Buddhism to Tibet: History and Narrative in the Dba’ bzhed Manuscript (De Gruyter, 2021).
Carmen Meinert, PhD (2001), is Professor for Central Asian Religions at Ruhr University Bochum and PI of the ERC project BuddhistRoad. She is trained in Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, as well as Sinology. Her recent publications include many individual contributions to these fields, as well as co-editing Buddhist Encounters and Identities Across East Asia (Brill, 2018) and Buddhism in Central Asia I: Patronage, Legitimation, Sacred Space, and Pilgrimage (Brill, 2020).
Henrik H. Sørensen, PhD (1988), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany is project coordinator of the ERC project BuddhistRoad. He has published widely on Chinese and Korean Buddhism, in particular Esoteric Buddhist traditions. He served as co-editor of Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia (Brill, 2011) and Buddhism in Central Asia II: Practice and Rituals, Visual and Material Transfer (Brill, 2022). His current research focuses on Buddhism in Dunhuang.
Yukiyo Kasai, PhD (2005), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, is a research associate of the ERC project BuddhistRoad and received her habilitation degree in 2021. She has demonstrated her vast knowledge of Uyghur manuscripts and their multilinguality through a number of published monographs and diverse articles on Old Uyghur Buddhist texts, and has in addition recently co-edited Buddhism in Central Asia II: Practice and Rituals, Visual and Material Transfer (Brill, 2022).
The current collection of articles is of relevance to researchers and students of Central Asian Buddhism broadly conceived, as well as more broadly in History, Religious Studies and Theology.