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South Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

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Prof.dr. J.A. Silk

Jonathan Silk is Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He specializes in Buddhism in its Asian contexts, primarily from a historical point of view. He has a special interest in Buddhist scriptures. View his full profile here.

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Prof.dr. P.C. Bisschop

Peter Bisschop is Professor of Sanskrit and Ancient Cultures of South Asia at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. The main focus of his research concerns the historical development and spread of early Hindu religious traditions, in particular Śaivism, based, first of all, on the philological study of Sanskrit texts. View his full profile here.

Prof.dr. N.K. Wickramasinghe

Nira Wickramasinghe is Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. Her primary interests are identity politics, everyday life under colonialism and the relationship between state and society in modern South Asia. View her full profile here

Dr. S.Y. Jang

Se Young Jang is a historian of modern Korea and Northeast Asia, whose primary line of research centers on regional and global aspects of nuclear development – both civil and military – in Korea and its neighboring countries. View her full profile here

Prof.dr. I.B. Smits

Ivo Smits is a professor of Arts and Cultures of Japan at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS). His research focuses on early medieval classical texts in both classical Japanese and classical Chinese. View his full profile here.

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