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Manson, Charles (2018) Law and the Tibetan Empire. British Library. Available from

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A primary figure of interest in Tibetan ‘medieval’ law has been the Tibetan Emperor Songtsen Gampo (7th century CE). Several Tibetan historical texts of the post-imperial period in the 10th-14 centuries provide references to Songtsen Gampo’s Buddhist influences in the development of Tibetan law. One such text is the mid-14th-century Rgyal rabs gsal ba’i me long, also known as The Mirror Illuminating the Royal Genealogies (Sorensen, 1994), composed by a Tibetan cleric, Lama Dampa Sonam Gyelsten. The British Library has a manuscript example [OR.5351] of this work, date of creation as yet not determined, which was collected by Dr. Waddell and bought from him in May 1898, several years before the Younghusband Expedition, a British invasion of Tibet (1904). Thus far, apparently this manuscript has not been studied by Western scholars. The presentation will look at the structure of the manuscript contents, and pay attention to some of the passages that make references to Tibetan law of the Tibetan Empire period (7th-9th centuries). Charles Manson is Tibetan Subject consultant librarian at Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, and also works as Tibetan cataloguer at The British Library. He teaches evening classes in Classical Tibetan at SOAS, University of London

Item Type: Films
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Doctoral School
Subjects: K Law > KL Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
P Language and Literature
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2020 10:05

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