About this Fellow
Yutaka Yoshida has been Professor of Linguistics at the Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University, Japan since 2006, when he moved from Kobe City University, where he had taught for twenty years. He spent one year during 1981-82 at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, under the supervision of Professor N. Sims-Williams. He received the World Book Award of Iran in February 2014 for his book on Sogdian arts and language. His main interest is Sogdian and other Iranian languages once spoken along the Silk Road. He is well known as a decipherer of the Sogdian materials recently discovered in China and has published all the Sogdian texts preserved in Japan, among which is one brand on two pieces of sandalwood imported to Japan some 1300 years ago. He is uniquely distinguished among Iranianists for his research on Middle Iranian words transcribed in Chinese characters. Another important contribution to Central Asian studies is his recent discovery of as many as ten Chinese Manichaean silk paintings preserved in Japan, the likenesses of which have never been encountered so far.
- Professor of Central Asian Studies, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University
Maritime Studies; Ethnography; Material Culture; Arabic Semantics; Socio-Cultural History
Hebrew language & literature: history of Greek-speaking Judaism; Jewish-Christian relations; modern Jewish theology
The history of the Islamic world; the formation & development of traditional Islamic thought, & its implications in the modern world; Islamic thought, & its implications in the modern world; Islamic history in comparative perspective.
The History and Archaeology of the early Islamic Middle-East, North Africa and Spain c.600-1000 AD