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Programm Silk Road

Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road (Silk Road)


"Languages and Cultures of the Silk Road" provides a structured three-year doctoral program for doctoral candidates in the fields of Iranian Studies, Turkology, Central Asian Studies and East Asian Art History. We supervise dissertations that emphasize linguistics, philology, editing and literary criticism as well as archaeology and that deal with historical or cultural and religious studies. This educational program also makes the resources of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften available and particularly its Turfan Studies project. Together with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften attends the world-wide richest collections of texts belonging to the ancient cultures the Silk Road found at the oasis of Turfan. These texts are written in numerous languages (Chinese, Sanskrit, Tocharian, Old Turkish, Middle Iranian languages, Tibetan languages, Mongolian language, Syriac et al.) and mainly deal with religious subjects (Buddhism, Manichaeanism and Christianity), although there are also some secular texts among them (e.g. treaties in Old Turkish, monastic invoices in Tocharian); the texts are dated from the 3rd to the 14th Century.


Academic rules and regulations

Academic rules and regulations for the doctoral program Silk Road have been published in the official journal no. 11/2013 of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and in the official journal no.12/2013 of the Freie Universität Berlin.