Christopher I. Beckwith
Christopher I. Beckwith
|Born||October 23, 1945|
|Institutions||Indiana University Bloomington|
|Main interests||Central Eurasian studies|
Beckwith, a MacArthur Fellow, is a researcher in the field of Central Eurasian studies. He researches the history and cultures of ancient and medieval Central Asia. Concomitantly he specializes in Asian language studies and linguistics, and in the history of Central Eurasia. He teaches Old Tibetan, Central Eurasian languages, and Central Eurasian history, researches especially the linguistics of Aramaic, Chinese, Japanese, Koguryo, Old Tibetan, Tokharian, Old Turkic, Uzbek, and other languages.
His best-known works include Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia and Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present. Greek Buddha examines links between very early Buddhism and the philosophy of Pyrrho, an ancient Greek philosopher who accompanied Alexander the Great on his Indian campaign. The book is noted for its challenging and iconoclastic approach to multiple issues in the development of early Buddhism, Pyrrhonism, Jainism and the Śramaṇa movement. Empires of the Silk Road is a rethinking of the origins, history, and significance of Central Eurasia.
- The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia (1987)
- Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages Vols I-III, editor (2002, 2006, 2008)
- Koguryo, the Language of Japan's Continental Relatives (2004)
- Phoronyms: Classifiers, Class Nouns, and the Pseudopartitive Construction (2007)
- Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World (2012)
- Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present (2011) 
- Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia (2015)
- "Christopher Beckwith: Faculty: Department of Central Eurasian Studies". Indiana.edu. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
- MacArthur Foundation, "Christopher Beckwith, Philologist", 1986.
- "Christopher I. Beckwith". Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
- Beckwith, C. I., Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2015).
- Rothstein, E., "Information Highway: Camel Speed but Exotic Links", The New York Times, November 12, 2009.
- Golden, Peter B. (1990). "Reviewed Work: The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia: A History of the Struggle for Great Power among Tibetans, Turks, Arabs and Chinese during the Early Middle Ages by Christopher I. Beckwith". Journal of World History. 1 (2): 264–268. JSTOR 20078473.
- Peycam, P., "Brill's Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS: Medieval Tibeto-Burman Languages", International Institute for Asian Studies, 2002.
- Byington, Mark E. (2006). "Christopher I. Beckwith—Koguryo, the Language of Japan's Continental Relatives (Leiden: Brill, 2004)". Acta Koreana. 9 (1): 141–166. Archived from the original on 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
- Pellard, Thomas (2005). "Koguryo, the Language of Japan's Continental Relatives: An Introduction to the Historical-Comparative Study of the Japanese-Koguryoic Languages with a Preliminary Description of Archaic Northeastern Middle Chinese" (PDF). Korean Studies. University of Hawaii Press. 29: 167–170. doi:10.1353/ks.2006.0008. S2CID 145029765.
- Hitch, Doug (2010). "Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present" (PDF). Journal of the American Oriental Society. 130 (4): 654–658. JSTOR 23044587. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2015-01-02.
- Jones-Bley, Karlene; Huld, Martin E. (2010). "Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present" (PDF). Journal of Indo-European Studies. 38 (3&4): 431–443.