Writing for Eternity

A Survey of Epigraphy in Southeast Asia

Daniel PERRET, Claude GUILLOT, Ludvik KALUS, Philippe PAPIN, Claudine SALMON , Jacques P. LEIDER, Michel LORRILLARD, Arlo GRIFFITHS, Dominique SOUTIF, Julia ESTEVE, Peter SKILLING, Hadi SIDOMULYO, Tilman FRASCH, Kyaw Minn HTIN, Marek BUCHMANN, Christian BAUER, Titi Surti NASTITI, Roderick ORLINA

Collection : Études thématiques

Collection's number: 30

Editor: Perret (Daniel)

Edition: EFEO

Publication date: 2018

Status : Available


ISBN-13 : 9782855391502

ISSN : 1269-8067

Width : 18.5 cm

Height : 27.5 cm

Weight : 1.14 kg

Number of pages : 478

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion

Geography : Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, China, South East Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand

Language : French, English

Place : Paris

Support : Papier

Description :

18.5 x 27.5 cm, 478 p., Ill., English and French

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This book provides a general survey of epigraphy in Southeast Asia. Epigraphy is an academic discipline for the scientific study of all kinds of inscriptions on durable media. Despite the fact that interest in inscriptional materials goes back more than two centuries in Southeast Asia, until now the field had never been the subject of a panorama, an introduction, or a general discussion. Thomas Stamford Raffles was the first in Southeast Asia, precisely in 1815, to emphasise the importance of inscriptions for linguistics, the study of religions and history in general. Until the middle of the second millennium CE, apart from a number of religious and literary texts, inscriptions in fact constituted unique local written sources providing detailed, accurate, and often well dated historical data for many aspects of ancient life in Southeast Asia. The concept underlining this volume is that of corpus, a set of documents brought together according to various criteria. In the field of epigraphy, these corpora are crucial tools informing multiple fields of analysis for historians. This volume gathers together eighteen contributions by renowned scholars of Southeast Asian epigraphy and history whose essays are focused on corpora of inscriptional materials written using Indian scripts and local variants, Chinese script, or Arabic script and local variants. Other corpora are discussed in the introduction to this volume, in order to try to provide the fullest possible overview.

Table of contents

Corpora of Inscriptions in Indian Scripts and Local Variants
Myanmar Epigraphy – Current State and Future Tasks
The Epigraphic Archive of Arakan/Rakhine State (Myanmar): A Survey
Kyaw Minn HTIN & Jacques P. LEIDER
Research on the Inscriptions in Laos: Current Situation and Perspectives
Towards an Epigraphic Bibliography of Thailand
An Introduction to the Northern Thai Stone Inscriptions Corpus
The Mon Inscriptions of Thailand, Laos and Burma
Christian BAUER
The Corpus of Khmer Inscriptions: State of the Art, Methods and First Results
Dominique SOUTIF
Mapping the Sacred: Towards a Religious Geography of Ancient Cambodia Through a Toponymic Atlas of Cambodian Inscriptions
A Historical Survey of Epigraphy in Maritime Southeast Asia (Inscriptions Using Indian or Indian-Derived Scripts)
Watu Sīma in Java: Marker Stones as Boundaries of Privileged Domains
Titi Surti NASTITI
Notes on the Topography of Ancient Java: Identifying Four Sīma Territories from the Majapahit Period
Building the Corpus of Indianised Inscriptions in Sumatra: The Pioneers (1818–1968)
The Corpus of Inscriptions in the Old Malay Language
Corpora of Inscriptions in Chinese Script Chinese
Epigraphic Studies in Southeast Asia – An Overview
Claudine SALMON
Les sources épigraphiques du Vietnam : méthode et contenu
Philippe PAPIN
Corpora of Inscriptions in Arabic and Arabic-Derived Scripts
Épigraphie musulmane ancienne d’Asie du Sud-Est : premiers résultats
Formation du système épigraphique islamique dans le Sud-Est asiatique (XIVe-milieu du XVe siècle)
Ludvik KALUS
Revisiting Sulu Relics: Islamic Epigraphy from Jolo, Philippines
Roderick ORLINA

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