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Just published: Bulletin of the Asia Institute, Vol. 30

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Vol. 30 of the Bulletin of the Asia Institute has just appeared. In addition to many other interesting articles (see full list below) it contains two papers by our Chair of Trustees, Nicholas Sims-Williams. The first is his edition of the Bactrian inscription of Jaghori (Ghazni Province, Afghanistan), the discovery of which we reported in an earlier blog . The inscription is dated in the middle of the 8th century CE, probably in July 757 (140 AH), and commemorates the defeat of an “Indian prince” by a local prince named …

Friends Tour of Gold of the Great Steppe at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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By Janet Pope and Peter Jackson, Friends of the Trust The Trust arranged two guided tours of this exhibition for its Friends on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 January, and we went along to the second. We had previously made an independent visit, so knew what was on display, but knew little of the background that our guide, Dr Rebecca Roberts, so helpfully filled in. Dr Roberts explained that these finds from came from burial tombs, called kurgans, which have been excavated very recently. The artefacts on display were the …

Celebrating James Kinnier Wilson’s 100th Birthday

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By Professor Nicholas Postgate, Trinity College, Cambridge On the evening of 26 November the Trust hosted an unusual event, to celebrate the 100th birthday of James V. Kinnier Wilson, a frequent attendee at the Friday Lectures. At Exeter College Oxford, after wartime service on the North-West frontier and in Burma, James studied Akkadian and Hebrew at the feet of Oliver Gurney and Godfrey Driver, with an M Litt in 1950, and his path then took him via Durham, Chicago and Toronto to the Akkadian teaching post at Cambridge in 1955. …

Remembering Professor Minoru Hara (1930–2021)

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By Nicholas Sims-Williams, Chair of the Trust The AIIT is sad to announce the death of our distinguished Honorary Fellow Professor Minoru Hara (原 實) on 1st November 2021 at the age of 91. A specialist in Sanskrit and Buddhist studies, he took his PhD at Harvard and later taught at Tokyo University, becoming Professor of Sanskrit in 1975. Amongst many honours, he was an elected member of the Japanese and Swedish Academies, as well as being honoured by the Government of India with the award of the Padma Bhushan. …

AIIT Newsletter INDIRAN Winter 2021

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The latest issue of our newsletter focuses on recent activities at the Trust. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for news items or stories you would like to see in future editions. To view, click here: Indiran 15