Subject: This Month in Mongolian Studies - August 2022

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In this Issue:

ACMS Announcements 

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events

Vacancies, Scholarships, and Fellowships

Grants and Calls for Papers

New Resources

Other News and Events

Recent Books

This Month in Mongolian Studies is a monthly listing of selected academic activities, resources and other material related to Mongolia. This list is based on information the ACMS has received and is presented as a service to its members. If you would like to submit information to be included in next month's issue please contact the ACMS at
This publication is supported in part by memberships.  Please consider becoming a member of the ACMS, or renewing your membership by visiting our website at

Thank you!

ACMS Announcements, News and Media References

Mongolia Field School: Session 2 Begins

Session 2 "Environment, Humans, and Mining in Northern Mongolia," began on July 25 with 14 participants hailing from the U.S., Mongolia and Russia. They will be traveling to Darkhan and Erdenet, where they will visit local environmental agencies and the state owned enterprise Erdenet Mining Corporation. During the voyage they will have the chance to interview locals, government officials as well as miners in the Northern parts of Mongolia. 

Session 2  is led by Dr. Gantulga Bayasgalan, lecturer at the School of Geology and Mining Engineering at Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Dr. Annika Ericksen, anthropologist and ACMS Field School Coordinator.

Click on the button below and scroll down to see information 
about planned Field School courses for 2023.

Intensive Summer Mongolian
Language School Graduation

ISML students have celebrated their graduation on August 3. The four students have come a long way since their first classes here with us.

On their final class the students dressed up in their Mongolian deel and put their reflections into words and onto PowerPoint slides. They gave us a fresh look into Mongolian language and Mongolian culture in a show and tell format. We appreciate the students' hard work and applaud their great many achievements in 2 short months. At the end we awarded our student their certificates of proficiency - 2 advanced, 1 upper intermediate and 1 intermediate levels.

As we say our goodbyes, we wish upon them our very best. We will watch over their careers with great enthusiasm. Fare ye well, wherever ye fare.
Bonus pic! ISML student Daniel Cotter learned to play the morin khuur for 1 month and played 2 melodies for the graduation.
New ACMS Library Website

We informed you in our previous newsletters, social media handles, as well as in print about our new ACMS Library. ACMS Media Coordinator T. Gantungalag and ACMS Library Fellow Liz Gartley have been working tirelessly to provide you with a new and improved library experience. The new library website has a simplified user interface with curated research guides. The principal work was done by Liz and Ganaa provided her with excellent support.

You can access the new website at

Ganaa and Liz have done a webinar about the new library website. Watch the Facebook livestream here.

If you have any feedback, comment, questions or any thoughts please write to Ganaa at

ACMS Sponsored Programs and Events
In July for Virtual Speaker Series we hosted one of ACMS' Field Research Fellows, Joe Lerangis, a doctoral student of musical arts at Yale University. They are also a conductor and a tenor. Joe Lerangis spoke on their current research "Urtynd duu and the Creation of Mongolian Choral Idiom," based on the works of Mongolian Composer Sharav Byambasuren.

The presentation was in English and the livestream is available below. We will upload the video to our YouTube channel soon after we finish editing it.
Field Research Fellow Interview

In July we interviewed our Field Research Fellow Joe Lerangis, who also did our VSS July. The research topic was on Mongolian long song and how it influenced the creation of Mongolian choral idiom. Watch how their life in Mongolia prior to their DMA at Yale inspired them to study Sharav Byambasuren's music.

The Q3 Cultural Heritage Colloquium took place on July 29. And as usual the first event of the quarter was an online lecture - the Q3 lecture subject was "Museum Ethics." Guest lecturer: Steph Scholten is a member of EthCom, ICOM’s standing Committee for Ethics and has been working at The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow since 2017 and was previously Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam.

Visit our YouTube channel to see more series of the Virtual Speaker and Virtual Panel Series, as well as our videos on Cultural Heritage Project, interviews with our Field Research Fellows and more.

Vacancies, Scholarship, and Fellowships
Peace Corps Mongolia is Hiring

Peace Corps is a U.S government agency dedicated to world peace and friendship. For the past 30 years, Peace Corps Mongolia (PCM) Volunteers have worked alongside Mongolians to share culture, language, knowledge, and technical skills to help fulfill this mission.

Deadline for applications is 17:30 ULAT on August 15, 2022.

Send a Cover Letter and Resume in ENGLISH to: put in the Subject Line Program Assistant.

For details about this position please click here.
Millenium Challenge Account - Mongolia

Position: Environment Specialist

Closing date: 17.00 ULAT, August 19, 2022

The Environment Specialist supports MCA’s Environmental and Social Performance (ESP) objectives and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the management of environment and social aspects of the MCA-Mongolia investment activities.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Serve as a focal point on environmental and social performance and management requirements associated with Wastewater Recycling Activity (WRA).
  • Review ESIA/ESMPs and DEIA/EMPs developed by others to ensure compliance with IFC Performance Standards, MCC Environmental Guidelines and relevant Mongolian laws and regulations in environmental assessment, water, and land management, etc.
  • Coordinate with relevant local, regional, and national authorities and stakeholders on the development and implementation of ESIAs/ESMPs.
  • Oversee implementations of Project-specific as well as site-specific ESMPs with focus on management and mitigation of environmental and social risks, impacts and other issues.
  • Ensure that Environmental and Social Management Plans of all Compact projects provide appropriate mitigation measure to address environmental and social risks and impacts.
  • Oversee the preparation of the progress reports to MCC and Government of Mongolia related to environmental and social performance using inputs provided by the relevant project implementers.
  • Ensure climate change risks and adaptations are accounted for in project implementation.
  • Serve as the in-house expert on environmental issues and risks related to WRA.
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities related to environmental and social performance as requested by the Environmental and Social Performance Director.
  • Degree (preferably a Master’s degree) in environmental sciences, environmental engineering, environmental planning, environmental economics, environmental policy, land resource management, or natural resources management.
Work experience:
  • Approximately five (5) years of professional environmental experience in development projects that have incorporated environmental and social performance objectives.
  • Experience in environmental and social impact and risk management.
  • Experience working with Mongolian National environmental and/or land management laws and regulations.
  • Knowledgeable of environmental and social performance principles consistent with IFC Performance Standards or similar international project performance standards.
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary teams and institutions.
  • Computer skills (MS Office and familiarity with project management software, such as MS Project).
  • Communication and languages:
Competency in Mongolian and English, both verbally and in writing. English language proficiency at ILR Level 3 or above is preferred.

  • Organized and results-oriented, with the ability to translate Compact strategy and objectives into tasks and work plans.
  • Skilled in building consensus among employees and developing strong relationships with outside stakeholders.
  • Able to identify and propose solutions to mitigate and manage risks.
  • A strong negotiator, able to inspire confidence and create trust.
  • Punctual and reliable with high interpersonal, problem-solving, and multitasking skills.
  • Skilled in analyzing facts and data to support sound, logical decisions regarding own and others’ work.

Please submit your Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae (“CV”) in English, copy of diploma and other relevant documents via email to (INDICATE THE REFERRED POSITION IN THE SUBJECT LINE).

Candidates qualified for the first round will be contacted only.

Mongolian Sustainable Finance 
Association is Looking for a Fund Officer

Fund Officer is expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in project management, sustainability, agricultural and environmental management, forestry, or any other related field.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in a related field.
  • Ability to oversee multiple complex projects requiring tight timeframes, including the ability to multi-task and operate under pressure and competing priorities.
  • Excellent English and Mongolian writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent reporting skills
  • A demonstrable interest and passion in sustainability, climate change, and forestation.
  • Good attitude and willingness to learn and grow.
To apply for this vacancy opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter to

The closing date for applications is 12th of August, 2022.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Chinese Language Wanted

Dickinson College, East Asian Studies
Visiting Assistant Professor in Chinese Language

The Department of East Asian Studies at Dickinson College invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position in Chinese language. This is a one year position for the academic year of 2022-2023, with expectations to be on board in August 2022. The teaching load is six courses a year. Applicants should be prepared to teach Chinese at all levels. Prior experience in Chinese instruction at the university level is preferred, as is training in proficiency-oriented, task-based, and project-based teaching. The ability to create inclusive learning environments for an increasingly diverse student body will be an important characteristic of the successful candidate. Native or near-native fluency in Chinese and English is required.

Posting Date: 06/13/2022
Closing Date 08/15/2022

Asia Foundation Development Fellowship

The application for the 2023 Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is open from August 3rd to September 16th, 2022.

The Asia Foundation Development Fellows program is a dynamic and multifaceted learning program designed for highly talented Asian individuals, under age 40, to enhance their leadership skills, Asian development knowledge, professional networks, and international exposure. The program reflects the Foundation’s six-decade tradition of investing in the region’s most promising future leaders.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Asia Foundation Development Fellows must:
  • Have a demonstrable record of experience and accomplishment related to The Asia Foundation’s fields of expertise: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment and gender equality, environment, and regional cooperation;
  • Be thoughtful, committed, respected and inspirational leaders within their professional fields and within their larger community;
  • Be under 40 years of age by January 1, 2023;
  • Be conversant in English (TOEFL exam results are not required);
  • Be available and able to participate in all program components on the program dates specified; and
  • Be resident nationals or citizens of the following countries and region where The Asia Foundation has programs: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Japan; Korea; Laos; Malaysia; Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pacific Islands; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Timor-Leste; and, Vietnam.
Selection Process

The program is highly competitive. Staff from The Asia Foundation will evaluate each application thoroughly and narrow down the pool of applicants. Final selections will be conducted by a distinguished committee with expertise on Asia’s needs and development conditions. Fellows will be chosen without regard to gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, marital status, or financial need. All submitted application information will be treated as confidential unless stated otherwise in the application. The identities of nominees will also remain confidential throughout the final selection process.

Please direct any inquiries to the Asia Foundation Development Fellows staff at


Please carefully read the Eligibility and Selection criteria above, and read the Application Instructions.

Review the Application Guidelines and Instructions and complete each component of the application:

Personal information
Written submission
Short video submission
Letters of recommendation (handled online)

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2023-2024

This program is for Mongolians only. 

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a non-degree 10-month professional development program. It brings accomplished young and mid-career professionals with demonstrated leadership potential to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and substantive professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.

Humphrey Fellows work in critical fields for collaboration, such as law and human rights, public health, including infectious diseases, climate change, and public policy. Through their academic and professional experiences, they gain knowledge about the United States, deepen their professional expertise and experience in their field, and expand their networks to include U.S. and international counterparts.

The 2023-2024fellowship is accepting application now. The deadline is Friday August 26, 2022 16:30 minutes.

For details (English) visit

For details (Mongolian) visit
Chevening Scholarship 2023-2024 for Mongolians

Online applications are invited from Mongolian nationals who wish to study in the United Kingdom at postgraduate (Master) level for the next academic year, which starts in September/October 2023.

Through the Chevening/MES Partnership Scholarships Scheme, the British and Mongolian Governments jointly invest in talented individuals with focused career plans, the potential to become influential leaders in their field and the desire to contribute to Mongolia's future. The scholarships cover tuition fees, travel costs and living expenses.

The Chevening/MES Partnership Scholarships Scheme offers:
  • access to high quality British education.
  • an opportunity to obtain a postgraduate Master’s qualification (MSc, MA, LLM, MBA).
  • the stimulating experience of being part of a dynamic international community of Chevening scholars.
Priority will be given to applicants who want to pursue studies in fields that support the following objectives:

a. International relations.
b. Environment and Climate change.
c. Business, economics and innovation.
d. Good governance, human rights and democracy.

A successful candidate should:
  • be a Mongolian citizen at the time of applying for the award and intend to return to Mongolia at the end of the period of study;
  • already hold a degree that is equivalent to at least a UK second-class honours degree;
  • have completed at least two years work or equivalent experience by the end of September in the year prior to the academic year for which the scholarship applies;
  • have good English language skills (a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. Some courses, eg law, also require a higher IELTS score)
  • have not already received or be receiving financial benefit from a British Government funded scholarship;
  • have a track of record of excellence and achievement in their field;
  • have a clear idea about how their scholarship will benefit Mongolia on their return;
  • be able to demonstrate that they have leadership potential;
  • employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of the British Government and or any of its wholly-owned subsidiaries will not be eligible to apply for the Award.
If you are interested in becoming a Chevening/MES Partnership Scholar in 2023/24 please apply from 2 August to 1 November 2022 online at

More information about the Scholarships can be found at and

The closing date for applications is 01 November 2022 (Midday GMT)

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Competition now open

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers over 400 awards for U.S. citizens to teach, research, and conduct professional projects in more than 130 countries. In the current competition, there are 41 awards in East Asia and the Pacific. To see what's available in your field, explore our Catalog of Awards. You can join the more than 400,000 Fulbrighters who have come away with enhanced skills, new connections and greater mutual understanding.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to visit our website where you will find program details, application guidance and other resources. We also invite you to view current opportunities in the Catalog of Awards, join a webinar or attend an office hour for live application assistance.

The application deadline is September 15, 2022. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Grants and Calls for Paper
Call for Papers: IMC Leeds, 3-6 July 2023

Chinggisid Ripples: Networks and Entanglements and the Mongol Impact

Dr Geoff Humble (University of Leeds)
Dr Márton Vér (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

The Mongol imperial project has recently received a relatively sympathetic characterisation,
reflecting an optimistic view of proto-globalising linkages and cultures in contact. This may
obscure the extractive lineage-based aristocratic frameworks of Chinggisid rule, and the
massive disruption of such large-scale warfare. It nonetheless remains clear that the impact of the ‘Mongol moment’ was felt right across and well beyond the territories held by the Great Khans.

These sessions will draw out the broad range of new lineages and linkages disrupted by or
emerging from the convulsions of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, aiming to explore
the degree to which Chinggisid expansion marked a departure from, or evolution of, previous
ways of life across and beyond the conquest space.
We would welcome papers addressing themes such as:

● Lineage construction and recording
● Ranges, limits, stability, and fragility of networks
● Network constraints, rules, and social roles
● Prosopographical techniques and limitations
● Connective infrastructure, such as the jam postal system
● Permissions and paizas
● The Pax Mongolica, intra-ulus conflict
● Entangled and overlapping structures, from the Central Secretariat to the darughachi
● Religious networks; orders, pilgrims, advisers
● Envoys, agents, ortoqs and traders
● Nökör, anda, atabeg and other formalised relationships
● Qatuns, wives and gendered reading
● Böge ‘shamans’ and ritual status groups
● Material forms (ceramics, textiles)
● Settlement patterns
● Technological spread and change
● Other exciting topics!

Please email with enquiries or proposals. Abstracts should be
around 200 words and sent by 15 August 2022.

Coronavirus restrictions permitting, the IMC organisers are planning to host an in-person
gathering in Leeds, with virtual involvement possible for those who are unable to attend in
Call for Papers: Religion and Society Special Issue Proposal

Editors:Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Sondra L. Hausner, University of Oxford

Religion and Society has been receiving increasing numbers of excellent suggestions for special issues. We have therefore decided to invite proposals to be sent to us by a given deadline each year, in order to select the most appropriate special section for the journal. The pool of proposals will be considered by our editorial board, and decisions sent back to proposers as swiftly as possible. This arrangement will apply for the first time for our 2025 issue. Our timetable for proposals is as follows:

May 1, 2024: submission of proposal to Religion and Society editors (no fixed number of papers, but maximum 50,000 words)

June 1, 2024: decisions sent out, including choice of the proposal to be published

June-December 2024: external refereeing and redrafting process, with submission of final proofreading by January 2025

The format of the proposal sent to Religion and Society should be as follows:

• Description of the special issue, including summary of its fit with Religion and Society, and assurance that all papers exist in draft form, fully ready to be send to reviewers (max. 500 words)

• Abstracts of all papers (max. 400 words each)

• Bios of special issue editors and all other contributors (max. 100 words each)

• List of potential reviewers for each paper, and assurance that special issue editors will work to obtain external reviews to fit with deadlines


The Religion and Society style guide is based on The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). Please note that the journal uses US punctuation and spelling, following Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Please refer to the Style Guide online:

Please submit articles, reviews, and other contributions as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (rtf) files by e-mail to the editors:

Simon Coleman at and 
Sondra Hausner at

Call for Papers: "Annual Meeting of the Mongolia Society 2022"

The 2022 Annual Meeting and Panels of The Mongolia Society will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The Society is meeting in conjunction with CESS (Central Eurasian Studies Society), which meets October 20-23, 2022. Further information on the Society’s Annual Meeting and Panels will be available at a later date.

The Mongolia Society is placing a CALL FOR PAPERS for the 2022 Annual Meeting and Panels. We invite papers on Mongolian history, language and culture. Abstracts should be submitted to The Mongolia Society office, no later than September 1, 2022. The abstract must contain the paper title, be no more than 300 words, and include your contact information (email address and telephone number). If your abstract is accepted, you will have 20 minutes to present your paper. Zoom presenters are welcome.

Please send your abstract to Susie Drost at

Please note that you must be a member of The Mongolia Society in order to present a paper. To Join the Society, you may pay online (via Paypal and Stripe) at or contact Susie Drost at the address and telephone number provided above.

ATTENDANCE DONATION for the 2022 Mongolia Society Annual Meeting and Panels will be $15 for Mongolia Society Members, $25 for Non-Members and $10 for students with ID. You may pay your donation (via Paypal or Stripe) by going to our website’s home page ( and clicking the‘Donation’ button the right hand side, at the top of the page. When prompted to ‘add additional information,’ please add ‘Annual Meeting.’ Or, you may contact Susie Drost. The Attendance Donation fee must be paid by October 20, 2022. You will be sent a receipt for your donation that you can use as your entry pass to these events.

*The Society is offering a special discounted membership rate when new members join and pay the Annual Meeting Attendance Donation at the same time. It will cost only $40 for new U.S. members, $50 for Foreign members, to both join the Society and attend the Annual Meeting and Panels.

New Resources
Interesting digital resource we discovered in July, 2022:
  • "KuularMusic" - Alex is a Tuvan artist and throat singer, who is offering online Tuvan throat singing master classes. 
  • "Mongolian Script Playlist" - this playlist was uploaded by the National University of Mongolia to promote learning of Mongolian script. The video lessons feature People's bagsh Choimaa, originally aired on the National Broadcaster in late 1980s and early 1990s. The lessons cover basics and reading lessons featuring the Mind Key sutra (Оюунтүлхүүр).
  • "Kiun B" is a video blogger on YouTube, who documents life in Yakutia or Sakha Republic of Russia, including traditions, clothing, religion, traditional holidays and life in minus 71 degrees Celsius.
Member contribution publications:
(If you would like to announce your publication, please reach out to us at

Selected scholarly articles published in July, 2022:
Other News and Events

CAORC Fellowship Alumni Panel

September 14, 2022 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET

Join the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) for a webinar showcasing the research of former CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellows and CAORC-NEH Research Fellows, who were affiliated with Overseas Research Centers (ORCs) across Asia. The panel will give brief presentations on their research tenures, project methodology, and outcomes, with an emphasis on cross-border and cross-disciplinary research.
The objectives of the session are (1) for alumni to share strategies and experiences with field-bound researchers; (2) to provide an opportunity for fellows to highlight work transecting regional boundaries/national borders and transcending disciplinary boundaries; (3) to share strategies on conducting fieldwork in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This event expands on a recent panel at the Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting, which featured current and former CAORC fellows.

You can join the panel using this link.
Summer School for Young Mongolists
/Montsame/ July 26. Summer School for Young Mongolists organized by the National Council for Mongolian Studies, under the Mongolian Ministry of Education and Science, is running through July 24 to August 6. The SSYM is an annual program aimed at giving young Mongolists the opportunity to get acquainted with Mongolian culture and language by live interaction with herders and scholars, who are doing research in Mongolian Studies. This serves the purpose of promoting Mongolia and Mongolian studies internationally, and contribute to the careers of the next generation of Mongolists. In 2022 there are 30 young Mongolists participating from 17 universities from across Russia, USA, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, China, Turkey, Japan, Laos, Mozambique and Taiwan. Read more in Mongolian...

Mongolian Studies Summer School
/IMS Facebook Handle/ August 3. The NUM’s Institute for Mongolian Studies is hosting an annual Mongolian Studies Summer School. This year the MSSS is going through August 3 to 18. The participants, coming from Tokyo University School of Foreign Studies and Hankook University Foreign Studies, are going to learn Mongolian language, visit museums in Ulaanbaatar, as well as travel to the countryside to learn about pastoral nomadic lifestyle. See More

Mongolia’s paradoxical education problem
/East Asia Forum/ July 21. In 2019, Mongolia ranked 102 out of 141 countries in the Global Competitiveness Report. Its areas of weakness included the prominence of research institutions, scientific publications, graduate skills and ease of finding skilled workers. In this final category, Mongolia ranked 140 out of 141... Read more...
UN women’s rights committee publishes findings... Mongolia...
/United Nations/ July 4. The Committee observed that there had been no court cases of discrimination against women and girls tried under the Criminal Code over the past five years, which may indicate that the definition of discrimination is too narrow and the burden of proof is too heavy on women... Read more...
Snow Leopard Selfies from Mongolia’s Tost Mountains
/Snow Leopard Trust/ July 14. Since it became a state protected area in 2016, we have shared a lot of information about Tost Tosonbomba Nature Reserve in Mongolia’s South Gobi. That’s because it is home to a thriving snow leopard population. We focus our collaring efforts and regularly deploy dozens of research cameras in this rugged habitat. But how many snow leopards does this area sustain? Read more...
Ethnic Mongolian architect gives traditional yurts a modern twist
/Global Times/ July 5. On designer Borjigin Munkhbayarin Nandin's laptop are hundreds of photos revolve around his architectural ideal Future Mongolia.
It is an ambitious yet humanistic plan that tries to come up with modernistic designs for the traditional Mongolian yurt that better cater to the lifestyle of today's Mongolian ethnic minority group in China, while also preserving the yurt home embodied indigenous culture that have long nurtured and been a source of pride for the ethnic community, including the young architect himself

Mongolian Naadam festival making a comeback after a three-year wait
/San Francisco Examiner/ July 8. Filled with folk dances, music from horsehead fiddles and the aroma of deep fried meat pastries, the Mongolian Naadam Festival returns Saturday to the Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field for the first time since 2019. Complete with a documentary premiere at the Asian Arts Museum and a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall, thousands are expected to come together in a celebration of traditional culture and diversity... Read more...
Laos, Mongolia most at risk of default in next four years: EIU
/Bloomberg/ July 21. Concerns about potential sovereign defaults among Asia’s frontier markets are growing with the Economist Intelligence Unit joining Malayan Banking Bhd. in warning of risks amid faster inflation and rising borrowing costs.
Laos has the highest chance of non-payment in the next four years, followed by Mongolia... Read more...
Recent Books

"Baghdād" editors Jens Scheiner and Isabel Toral

Price: €249.00/$299.00 (both Hardcopy and Ebook)

Baghdād: From its Beginnings to the 14th Century offers an exhaustive handbook that covers all possible themes connected to the history of this urban complex in Iraq, from its origins rooted in late antique Mesopotamia up to the aftermath of the Mongol invasion in 1258.
Against the common perception of a city founded 762 in a vacuum, which, after experiencing a heyday in a mythical “golden age” under the early ʿAbbāsids, entered since 900 a long period of decline that ended with a complete collapse by savage people from the East in 1258, the volume emphasizes the continuity of Baghdād’s urban life, and shows how it was marked by its destiny as caliphal seat and cultural hub.

Jens Scheiner, Ph.D. (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen 2009), is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Göttingen. He has published a monograph on the conquest of Damascus (Leiden 2010) and edited a volume on the contexts of learning in Baghdād (Princeton 2014).

Isabel Toral, Ph.D. (Tübingen 1997), Habilitation (Freie Universität Berlin 2008), is Professor of Arabic Studies at that university. She has published extensively on cultural history, literature and history of the Arabs, including Al-Ḥīra (Leiden 2014).

Mehmetcan Akpınar, Nuha Alshaar, Pavel Basharin, David Bennett, Michal Biran, Richard W. Bulliet, Kirill Dmitriev, Desmond Durkin-Meisterernst, Hend Gilli-Elewy, Beatrice Gruendler, Sebastian Günther, Olof Heilo, Damien Janos, Christopher Melchert, Michael Morony, Bernard O’Kane, Klaus Oschema, Letizia Osti, Parvaneh Pourshariati, Vanessa van Renterghem, Jens Scheiner, Angela Schottenhammer, Y. Zvi Stampfer, Johannes Thomann, Isabel Toral.

"Lakes of Mongolia" by Alexander Orkhonselenge, Munkhjargal Uuganzaya, Tuyagerel Davaagatan

Price: €117.69 (Ebook)

This book provides an overview of lakes in Mongolia from scientific, economic and scenic points of view, presenting lake area changes, their sedimentological and geochemical characteristics, valuable economic and geoheritage resources and paleoclimate change reconstruction. The book emphasizes internationally well-known lakes of Mongolia, but it also describes far less popular lakes which have remained unrecognized for scientific importance. The book offers modern, qualitative, process-oriented approaches and quantitative analytic results-based implications to understand the geomorphological, sedimentological and geochemical evolution of lake basins in Mongolia, and past and present climate changes in Mongolia and Eurasia. Insights into the interpretation of data obtained from the lake basins in the fields of geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, geochronology and paleoclimatology are developed from theoretical principles, empirical observations, correlative illustrations, analytic measurements and conscious hypotheses. Based on the application of a combined compilation of recent Landsat 8 images of the lakes and topographic maps of them in 1970, this book presents enriched results and implications derived from remote sensing together with field measurements and laboratory analyses. This data compilation belongs to a research team at the Laboratory of Geochemistry and Geomorphology (LGG), National University of Mongolia (NUM).

Alexander Orkhonselenge focuses on glacial, lacustrine, fluvial and aeolian sedimentological, geochemical and geomorphological processes, paleoclimate changes and Quaternary science. Her interest in the galactic formation, evolution and processes in the Solar System and the Earth was inspired by a fascinating lecture on geochemistry in her freshman year. Later on, her continuous learning from eminent professors and researchers expanded in the fields of geomorphology, sedimentology and paleoclimatology. She established the Laboratory of Geochemistry and Geomorphology (LGG) at National University of Mongolia (NUM) on September 28, 2015 for training undergraduate and graduate students in Earth Science and for developing fields in Earth Science, especially geomorphology, sedimentology and geochemistry, in Mongolia. She was recognized as one of twenty Young Geomorphologists by the committee of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) during the 8th International Geomorphological Conference (IGC) in Paris, France in 2013 and one of the Early Career Research Fellows by the committee of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) during the XIX INQUA Congress in Nagoya, Japan in 2015. She is an author and a co-author of about twenty scientific articles published internationally.

Munkhjargal Uuganzaya received a Master degree of Science in Glacial Geomorphology under supervisor A. Orkhonselenge in 2015. She is now assistant researcher of Geomorphology at the Laboratory of Geochemistry and Geomorphology (LGG), National University of Mongolia (NUM). Her research focuses on alpine glaciations and lake area changes in Mongolia. She specializes in GIS and remote sensing techniques. She has participated in research projects at the LGG and published over ten scientific articles related to paleo- and modern-glaciers in the Mongolian Altai, Khuvsgul and Khentii Mountain Ranges and lake sedimentations in Lake Ulaan in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Tuyagerel Davaagatan received a Master degree of Science in Lacustrine Geomorphology under supervisor A. Orkhonselenge in 2014. She is an assistant researcher of Geomorphology at Laboratory of Geochemistry and Geomorphology (LGG), National University of Mongolia (NUM), and she also works as a researcher at the Division of Physical Geography, Institute of Geography and Geoecology, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on lake sedimentations and past and present climate changes in Mongolia. She participated in the fieldwork for lake sedimentations in the Mongolian-Russian-Japanese-Korean joint international research project in paleolake Darkhad (DDP) in 2011, and the national research project “Landscape Structure, Change, Planning and Proper Zonation in eastern Mongolia” in 2016. She also participated in some research projects at the LGG and has published more than ten scientific articles in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Recently, she published two co-authored books in Mongolian entitled “Landscape Ecological Potential of Mongolia” in 2020 and “Geographical Uniqueness of Mongolia” in 2021.

"Byzantium to China: Religion, History and Culture on the Silk Roads" editors Ken Parry and Gunner Mikkelsen

Price: €227.00/$273.00 (both Hardcopy and Ebook)

This collection of papers reflects the interests and influence of Samuel N. C. Lieu on scholars and students during his academic career. It demonstrates not only the importance of his work on Manichaeism, but his broader intellectual contribution to early Christian, Roman, Byzantine, and comparative historical studies. His impact on Manichaean studies has been unparalleled resulting in several prestigious book series devoted to the linguistic and historical study of Mani and his religion. It is largely thanks to his enterprise that scholars now have access to an extensive library of texts and images unavailable to earlier researchers. The volume honours the life and work of a remarkable scholar of international renown.

Gunner B. Mikkelsen is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of History and Archaeology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Among his publications are Dictionary of Manichaean Texts in Chinese (2006), Between Rome and China (2016), Tractatus Manichaicus Sinicus (2017) and The Gnostic World (2019).

Ken Parry is Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of History and Archaeology, Macquarie University, Sydney. Among his publications are Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries (1996), and Art, Architecture and Religion Along the Silk Roads (2008). He has recently contributed to Brill’s A Companion to Byzantine Iconoclasm (2021).

"Buddhism in Central Asia II" editors Yukiyo Kasai and Henrik H. Sørensen

Price: €199.00/$239.00 (Hardback)

The ERC-funded research project BuddhistRoad aims to create a new framework to enable understanding of the complexities in the dynamics of cultural encounter and religious transfer in pre-modern Eastern Central Asia. Buddhism was one major factor in this exchange: for the first time the multi-layered relationships between the trans-regional Buddhist traditions (Chinese, Indian, Tibetan) and those based on local Buddhist cultures (Khotanese, Uyghur, Tangut) will be explored in a systematic way. The second volume Buddhism in Central Asia II—Practice and Rituals, Visual and Materials Transfer based on the mid-project conference held on September 16th–18th, 2019, at CERES, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) focuses on two of the six thematic topics addressed by the project, namely on “practices and rituals”, exploring material culture in religious context such as mandalas and talismans, as well as “visual and material transfer”, including shared iconographies and the spread of ‘Khotanese’ themes.

Henrik H. Sørensen, Pd. D. (1988), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany is project coordinator of the ERC project BuddhistRoad. He has published widely on Chinese and Korean Buddhism, in particular Esoteric Buddhist traditions. He served as co-editor of Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia (Brill, 2011). His current research focuses on Buddhism in Dunhuang.

Yukiyo Kasai, Ph.D. (2005), Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany is a research associate of the ERC project BuddhistRoad. She has published monographs and many articles on Old Uyghur Buddhist texts, including Uyghur Legitimation and the Role of Buddhism (Brill, 2020).

"Echoing Hooves: Studies on Horses and Their Effects on Medieval Societies" editors Anastasija Ropa and Timothy George Dawson

Price: €168.00/$202.00 (both Hardcopy and Ebook)

Saying that horses shaped the medieval world – and the way we see it today – is hardly an exaggeration. Why else do we imagine a medieval knight – or a nomadic warrior – on horseback? Why do we use such metaphors as “unbridled” or “bearing a yoke” in our daily language? Studies of medieval horses and horsemanship are increasingly popular, but they often focus on a single aspect of equestrianism or a single culture. In this book, you will find information about both elite and humble working equines, about the ideology and practicalities of medieval horsemanship across different countries, from Iceland to China.
Contributors are Gloria Allaire, Luise Borek, Gail Brownrigg, Agnès Carayon, Gavina Cherchi, John C. Ford, Loïs Forster, Jürg Gassmann, Rebecca Henderson, Anna-Lena Lange, Romain Lefebvre, Rena Maguire, Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues, and Alexia-Foteini Stamouli.

Anastasija Ropa, Ph.D. (2014), Bangor University, is senior researcher at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. She has published extensively on aspects of medieval horse history and horsemanship, including the monograph Practical Horsemanship in Medieval Arthurian Romance (Trivent Medieval, 2019).
Timothy Dawson, Ph.D. (2003), University of New England, is a UK-based independent scholar and founder of Levantia. He has authored numerous academic publications on medieval Byzantium, the history of horsemanship and cavalry and various aspects of daily life in Europe and the Near East.

"State Formation through Emulation: The East Asian Model" by Chin-Hao Huang and David C. Kang

Price: $34.99 (Paperback)

Neither war nor preparations for war were the cause or effect of state formation in East Asia. Instead, emulation of China—the hegemon with a civilizational influence—drove the rapid formation of centralized, bureaucratically administered, territorial governments in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Furthermore, these countries engaged in state-building not to engage in conflict or to suppress revolt. In fact, war was relatively rare and there was no balance of power system with regular existential threats—the longevity of the East Asian dynasties is evidence of both the peacefulness of their neighborhood and their internal stability. We challenge the assumption that the European experience with war and state-making was universal. More importantly, we broaden the scope of state formation in East Asia beyond the study of China itself and show how countries in the region interacted and learned from each other and China to develop strong capacities and stable borders.

Chin-Hao Huang is assistant professor of political science and head of studies for global affairs at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. His research and teaching focus on China's foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. His books include Power, Restraint, and China's Rise (2022) and Identity in the Shadow of a Giant: How the Rise of China is Changing Taiwan (2021).

David Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, where he is also director of the USC Korean Studies Institute. He researches East Asian security, the international relations of historical East Asia, and Korean politics.

"Land and Labor Tax in Imperial Qing China (1644-1912)" by Yongqin Guo

Price: €160.00$192.00 (Ebook and Hardcopy)

In this volume Guo Yongqin provides an overview of the most important taxes, land and labor tax, in Imperial Qing China (1644-1912). The previously unpublished fiscal sources presented in this volume give a tremendous amount of information about Qing society and economy, like the bureaucratic system, political institutions, economic inequality, and environmental conditions. The data is accompanied by a detailed introduction, offering a valuable resource for further research on how the standardized tax system performed and affected the Qing regime.

Guo Yongqin, Ph.D. (2016), Fudan University, is Associate Professor at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. His research focusses on economic history and historical geography.
"Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine" by Vivienne Lo, Michael Stanley-Baker, Dolly Yang

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

Price (Hardback): available on for $182.41

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Medicine is an extensive, interdisciplinary guide to the nature of traditional medicine and healing in the Chinese cultural region, and its plural epistemologies. Established experts and the next generation of scholars interpret the ways in which Chinese medicine has been understood and portrayed from the beginning of the empire (third century BCE) to the globalisation of Chinese products and practices in the present day, taking in subjects from ancient medical writings to therapeutic movement, to talismans for healing and traditional medicines that have inspired global solutions to contemporary epidemics. The volume is divided into seven parts:

Longue Durée and Formation of Institutions and Traditions
Sickness and Healing
Food and Sex
Spiritual and Orthodox Religious Practices
The World of Sinographic Medicine
Wider Diasporas
Negotiating Modernity
This handbook therefore introduces the broad range of ideas and techniques that comprise pre-modern medicine in China, and the historiographical and ethnographic approaches that have illuminated them. It will prove a useful resource to students and scholars of Chinese studies, and the history of medicine and anthropology. It will also be of interest to practitioners, patients and specialists wishing to refresh their knowledge with the latest developments in the field.

"Travel Writings on Asia" by Christian Mueller, Matteo Salonia

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This open access book provides an analysis of human actors and their capacity to explore and conceptualise their own agency by being curious, gathering knowledge, and shaping identities in their travel reflections on Asia. Thus, the actors open windows across time to present a profound overview of diverse descriptions and constructions of Asia. It is demonstrated that international and transnational history contributes to and benefits from analyses of national and local contexts that in turn enrich our understanding of transcultural encounters and experiences across time.

The book proposes an actor-centred contextual approach to travel writing to recount meaningful constructions of Asia’s physical, political and spiritual landscapes. It offers comparative reflections on the patterns of encounter across Eurasia, where from the late medieval period an idea of civilisation was transculturally shared yet also constantly questioned and reframed. Tailored for academic and public discussions alike, this volume will be invaluable for both scholars of Global History and interested audiences to stimulate further discussions on the nature of global encounters in Asia.

"Mongolian Language Studies"

Price: 562000 (Hardback) Length: 15 volumes. Soyombo Press

Over 40 scholars from Mongolian Academy of Sciences, National University of Mongolia and Mongolian State University of Education took part in this monumental publication. The 15 volumes cover various areas of language study in Mongolian language, including - phonetics, dialectology, orthography, morphology, syntax, vocabulary, lexicology, semasiology, historical grammar, history of Mongolian language, written language, study of writing, and vernacular language.

Contributors: Tumurtogoo, Zaya, Batdorj, Batzaya, Enkhjargal, Unurbayan, Sambuu, Tsog-Ochir, Munguntsetseg, Ganbaatar, Enkhbadrakh, Battugs, Purevjav, Tuvshintugs, G.Gerelmaa, Shinebayar, Ganbold, Bayarsaikhan, Battulga, Otgontuul, Onon, Azzaya, Javkhlan, Bayarchimeg, Shagdarsuren, Davaasuren, Tsetsegdari, Batkhishig, Urtnasan, Jumdaan, Saruul-Erdene, Badamdorj, Bazarragchaa, Tserenchimed, Erdenesan, Erdenetuya, Battogtokh, Bayansan, Ankhbayar, Purevdelger, Jargalmaa, Uranbilig, Byambasuren, Davaadorj, Enkhsuvd, Otgontuya, Munkh-Uchral, Erdene-Ochir, Munkhtsetseg, Naranchimeg and Gerelmaa.

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"Mongolian Sound Worlds" By Jennifer C. Post et al.

Price: $30 (Paperback) 310 Pages. University of Illinois Press

Music cultures today in rural and urban Mongolia and Inner Mongolia emerge from centuries-old pastoralist practices that were reshaped by political movements in the twentieth century. Mongolian Sound Worlds investigates the unique sonic elements, fluid genres, social and spatial performativity, and sounding objects behind new forms of Mongolian music--forms that reflect the nation’s past while looking towards its globalized future. Drawing on fieldwork in locations across the Inner Asian region, the contributors report on Mongolia’s genres and musical landscapes; instruments like the morin khuur, tovshuur, and Kazakh dombyra; combined fusion band culture; and urban popular music. Their broad range of concerns include nomadic herders’ music and instrument building, ethnic boundaries, heritage-making, ideological influences, nationalism, and global circulation.
A merger of expert scholarship and eyewitness experience, Mongolian Sound Worlds illuminates a diverse and ever-changing musical culture.

Contributors: Bayarsaikhan Badamsuren, Otgonbaayar Chuulunbaatar, Andrew Colwell, Johanni Curtet, Charlotte D’Evelyn, Tamir Hargana, Peter K. Marsh, K. Oktyabr, Rebekah Plueckhahn, Jennifer C. Post, D. Tserendavaa, and Sunmin Yoon

Jennifer Post is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Arizona School of Music. She earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in ethnomusicology and South Asian studies at the University of Minnesota and holds an M.S. in information science from Simmons College. She has taught in the Music Department at Middlebury College in Vermont and at New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University in Wellington. In addition to teaching, she has curated collections and worked on exhibitions featuring regional American recordings and manuscripts, the field collections of British ethnomusicologist John Blacking, and was founding curator for collections in Asia, Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa for the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. With her varied experience she has taught a wide range of introductory and advanced level courses including music in world cultures, musics of Asia and the Middle East, vernacular musics in North America, and musical traditions in Africa, as well as topical courses that include the study of musical instruments, music and politics, gender and music, and music, ecology and sustainability.
"The Mongol World" By Timothy May, Michael Hope

Price: $39.99 (ebook) 1100 pages. Routledge

Drawing upon research carried out in several different languages and across a variety of disciplines, The Mongol World documents how Mongol rule shaped the trajectory of Eurasian history from Central Europe to the Korean Peninsula, from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century.

Contributing authors consider how intercontinental environmental, economic, and intellectual trends affected the Empire as a whole and, where appropriate, situate regional political, social, and religious shifts within the context of the broader Mongol Empire. Issues pertaining to the Mongols and their role within the societies that they conquered therefore take precedence over the historical narrative of the societies that they conquered. Alongside the formation, conquests, administration, and political structure of the Mongol Empire, the second section examines archaeology and art history, family and royal households, science and exploration, and religion, which provides greater insight into the social history of the Empire -- an aspect often neglected by traditional dynastic and political histories.

With 58 chapters written by both senior and early-career scholars, the volume is an essential resource for all students and scholars who study the Mongol Empire from its origins to its disintegration and legacy.

Timothy May (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor of Central Eurasian History at the University of North Georgia and serves as Associate Dean of Arts & Letters. A scholar of the Mongol Empire, he focuses on Mongol military history and strategy. He is the author of The Mongol Art of War (2007), The Mongol Conquests in World History (2012), The Mongol Empire (2018), The Mongols (2019), and Simply Chinggis (2021). In 2014, he was named the University of North Georgia Alumni Distinguished Professor, and he earned the UNG Distinguished Teaching Award in 2021.

Michael Hope (Ph.D., Australian National University) is Associate Professor of History at Yonsei University, Korea. He specializes in the political and cultural history of the Mongol Empire with a particular focus on the Ilkhanate. He is the author of Power, Politics, and Tradition in the Mongol Empire and the Ilkhanate of Iran (2016)

"A History of Mongolian Shamanism" By Dalai Chuluunii and Erdene-Otgon Dalai

Price: $119.99 (paper) 62 pages. Springer, Singapore

This book discusses the evolution of Mongolian shamanism from the distant past to the collapse of great empires such as the Yuan Dynasty in the fourteenth century, drawing on archeological findings and historical resources like the Mongolian Secret History. Further, it introduces readers to the cultural and ideological differences between Mongolian shamanists, who believe in the Eternal Blue Sky, and modern Mongols, who follow Buddhist teachings. In closing, the authors put forward the idea that Mongolian shamanism could have helped build great empires, emphasizing, e.g., shamanism’s influence on Mongolian culture and literature in the Middle Ages.

Academician Dalai Chuluunii (1930-2009) was Director and Academic Secretariat at the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Institute of International Studies and the Institute of History, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Mongolia. He also served at the Diplomatic Service of Mongolia in Peking, China. He graduated from Peking University, People’s Republic of China (1958), and received his Ph.D. in History (1970) and Sc.D. in Mongolian History from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Mongolia (1986). His main research works focused on Mongolian History, Sinology, Oriental Studies, and the History of International Relations. He was the author of 20 monographs and co-author of 13 books, as well as 100 articles in Mongolian and foreign languages such as Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Czech, etc. He was awarded the Honorary Scientist of Mongolia (1996) and other major prizes from academic organizations in, e.g., Russia, China and Japan.

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