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Marcel Erdal
  • Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, January 2017, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/olzg-2017-0063

A review of a catalog and part-edition of Old Turkic manuscripts in Brahmi script.

What is it about?

My paper is about a book which describes and edits Buddhist Old Turkic manuscripts from the Silk Road, where Indian, Chinese and Western cultures and religions met in the Middle Ages and created a fused culture.

Why is it important?

These particular manuscripts are written in Brahmi or in Tibetan writing, which shows Old Turkic pronunciation very well. In this way they make a very important contribution to our knowledge of Old Turkic.


Marcel Erdal
Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main

Old Turkic is not a fully deciphered language; our knowledge about this language is growing every day, and this also helps us understand the history of the Turkic group of languages as a whole.

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