Katja Triplett

Dates of stay in Oxford: 1 November 2017 to 1 May 2018


Position(s) held at other institution(s): Senior Fellow at the Center for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS), University of Göttingen; Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies "Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities", University of Leipzig


Correspondence address:

Oriental Institute

University of Oxford

Pusey Lane

Oxford OX1 2LE

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 278200


E-mail address: katja.triplett@orinst.ox.ac.uk


Research interests: Japan in the Middle East; Japanese Buddhism; Buddhism and medicine


Current project:

Book project, co-edited with Laurent Mignon:

The edited volume explores the reception of Buddhism and the figure of the Buddha in the late Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. The volume will consist of a multi-authored history of the reception ranging from philological studies of early Turkic Buddhist texts to philosophical and poetic reflections.


Research project, with Laurent Mignon:

“The reception of Japanese poetry and religions in Turkey”: From the neo-symbolist poet Ahmet Haşim to the avant gardist Orhan Veli, several Turkish poets have engaged with Japanese short forms being attracted by the philosophical and religious currents informing classical Japanese poetry. The project addresses the so far largely ignored literary dimension of the Ottoman and Turkish engagement with Japan.


Recent publications:

  • Approaching Emptiness: Buddhist Pilgrimage in Japan. In: Luig, Ute (ed.): Approaching the Sacred: Pilgrimage in Historical and Intercultural Perspective (Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 49). Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2017: 59-89 (urn:nbn:de:kobv:188-fudocsdocument000000027524-4).
  • Using the Golden Needle: Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva's Ophthalmological Treatise and Other Sources in the Essentials of Medical Treatment. In: Salguero, Pierce (ed.): Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology 1. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017: 543–548.
  • With Laurent Mignon: From Kikaku to Orhan Veli: The Genesis of the Turkish Haiku. Kansai University Japan-EU Research Center Report 6.6 (2016): 43-50.
  • Medizinisches Wissen des tibetischen Buddhismus in Bewegung. Paragrana 25.1 (2016): 281-295.
  • Wissen und Wunder: “Erleuchtung” und das Bild des asiatischen Buddhismus im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. In: Renger, Almut-Barbara (ed.): Erleuchtung: Kultur- und Religionsgeschichte eines Begriffs. Freiburg: Herder, 2016: 367-395.
  • Buddhismus. In: Weidner, Daniel (ed.): Handbuch Literatur und Religion. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler Verlag, 2016: 112–117.


Full publications: (link to pdf)


Any other information: Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)

Photograph of Dr Katja Triplett