Ad Fontes and Papers on Central Eurasia

The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies at Indiana University is pleased to announce the launching of a new imprint—Ad Fontes: Texts on Central Eurasian Societies and Cultures—and resumption of a second previously published between 1987 and 2011 under the editorship of Yuri Bregel: Papers on Inner Asia. The latter will now appear as Papers on Central Eurasia. Each will publish scholarship relating to the history and cultures of the Central Eurasian region, defined as including the following: The Volga-Kama basin, the Crimean Peninsula, and the North and South Caucasus; Islamic Central Asia; Southern Siberia, extending through Tuva and Buryatia to Mongolia; Xinjiang/Eastern Turkestan and other western areas of China with large Turkic populations; Tibet and Inner Mongolia; and Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan in so far as they relate to one or more of the territories identified herein. Works on historical empires and their relations with Central Eurasia are welcome.

For both series, length may vary from 40 to 135 pages, double-spaced, and each project will appear in print and digital versions. Information about publications as they appear may be viewed on the SRIFIAS website:

Ad Fontes: Texts on Central Eurasian Societies and Cultures

This imprint will consist of translations into English from the languages of the region or surrounding territories of primary sources that have scholarly and pedagogical value for what they reveal to readers about the societies that created them or were being observed. We are looking for translations of little known or newly discovered material, either singular texts or collections of texts with a common theme, that are accompanied by the usual apparatus for a scholarly edition:

  • An introduction to the text or texts that places them in both local and comparative contexts;
  • A translation, along with facsimiles of the original(s);
  • Explanatory footnotes
  • Illustrations and maps as appropriate;
  • A brief bibliography; and,
  • Appropriate indices

Papers on Central Eurasia

Papers on Central Eurasia, No. 1 (41)

As a complement to Ad Fontes, the Institute is resuming publication of its formerly titled Papers on Inner Asia. It will now bear the name Papers on Central Eurasia and will publish scholarship that deals with various topics related to this vast region: history, philology, linguistics, literature, anthropology, religion, art, archaeology, contemporary problems, and so forth. The initial publication, by Sam van Schaik, is now available as № 1 (41), 2014: The Tibetan Chan Manuscripts: A Complete Descriptive Catalogue of Tibetan Chan Texts in the Dunhuang Manuscript Collections. 100 pp. ISSN paperback 2333-648X.

All inquiries, including questions regarding the appropriateness of a project for publication in these series, submissions, and orders, may be addressed by mail to the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Indiana University, Goodbody Hall 101/102, 1011 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005; by email to; by phone at 812-855-2233; or by fax at 812-855-7500.