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Christopher I. Beckwith (born 1945) is an American philologist and distinguished professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.[1]

He has a B.A. in Chinese from Ohio State University (1968), an M.A. in Tibetan from Indiana University (1974) and a Ph.D. in Inner Asian Studies from Indiana University (1977).

Beckwith, a MacArthur Fellow,[2] 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[3].[1]

His best-known work is Greek Buddha: Pyrrho's Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia, which examines links between very early Buddhism and the philosophy of Pyrrho. The book is noted for its challenging and iconoclastic approach to multiple issues in the development of early Buddhism, Jainism and the Śramaṇa movement.[4]

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  • 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.

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