Paths of enlightenment through Inner Asia

17 July 2018 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Peter T Daniels


Dr Sonali Nag -


Linguist Peter T. Daniels, author of An Exploration of Writing, explores the fascinating origin of Tibetan and Mongol writing systems.

From Mandeville to Marlowe, and before and beyond, the Orient fascinated Europe, and perhaps Inner Asia did so most of all. Tibet remained inscrutable, but the Mongol Hordes were storied and feared. Among the most important but least known achievements of both Tibetans and Mongols were writing systems of their very own. To look at them, a common origin might scarcely be suspected; but they are but two way-stations of the dual journey of writing, by a southern and a northern path, not from the Chinese East, but from the Aramaic West. Not lux ex oriente, but littera ex occidente.


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