Abdurishid Yakup: Printing culture of Ancient Central Asia
Professor Abdurishid Yakup (University of the Minorities of China in Peking, Turfansammlung in Berlin)
The Uyghurs have a long history and a rich cultural heritage. They developed their own script and a literary language early in the seventh century and left rich literary works of religious and secular content. Introduction and improvement of wood block printing technique around the twelve and 13th century is one of the great events not only in the Central Asian history but also in the entire human history of civilization. This lecture explores various aspects of Uyghur culture with special emphasis on the printing culture.
Prof. Abdurishid Yakup received his PhD in Central University for Nationalities in Beijing in 1996 and Doctor of Literature from Kyoto University in 2000. Currently he is Research Fellow of Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Germany. Since 2009 he is Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor of Ministry of Education of China and since 2013 is Dean of School of Languages and Literature of Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Minzu University of China, Beijing.