School of Global and International Studies

Central Eurasian Studies

György Kara

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Professor, Central Eurasian Studies

Office: School of Global & International Studies 3033
Phone: (812) 855-0460
E-mail: gkara@indiana.edu

Education

Ph.D. from ELTE University of Budapest, Hungary, 1961
Candidate of Linguistics degree of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1967
Doctor of Philology degree, Leningrad State University, 1975

Research Interests

Mongol and Inner Asian studies: languages and cultures, including Old Turkic, Tibetan, Manchu, Evenki, Khitan and Altaic philology, history of writing systems, Altaic linguistics., Mongol literature and folklore.

Courses Recently Taught

  • Classical Mongol
  • Mongol Languages and Dialects
  • Mongol Literature and Folklore
  • Mongolian Civilization and Folk Culture
  • Mongol Shamanism and Folk Religion
  • History of Mongol Writing Systems
  • Altaic Linguistics
  • Old Turkic (in Various Scripts)
  • Manchu Structure
  • Evenki Structure

Publication Highlights

  • Garbal: A Westen Buryat Shaman Song. In: Shaman 24, 2016, pp. 19-46.
  • A Long Note on Turkic kärgäk and Mongol kereg. In: Mongolian Studies XXXV (2013 [2015]), pp. 135-179.
  • Alliteration in Mongol Poetry. In: Alliteration in Culture, ed. by J. Roper (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 156-179.
  • Dictionary of Sonom Gara’s Erdeni-yin Sang. A Middle Mongol Version of the Tibetan Sa skya legs bshad. Mongol – English – Tibetan (Leiden: Brill, 2009), xiii+337 pp.
  • Dongfangxue yanjiusuo Shenpidebao fensuo shouzang Halahaote ji Xiyu chutu zhongshiji Mengguwen wenxian yanjiu / Medieval Mongolian Documents from Kharakhoto and Xiyu in St. Petersburg. (Beijing: Minzu chubanshe, 2007. Chinese translation by Ao Tegen), 169 pp.
  • Time in the Secret History of the Mongols. In: Mongol sudlalîn ögüülliin tüüwer. Olon ulsîn mongol sudlalîn xolboonî yörönxiilögč, professor Šigeo Ozawa doktorín 80 nasnî oid dzoriulaw (Ulaanbaatar 2006), pp. 28-40.
  • Books of the Mongolian Nomads. More than Eight Centuries of Writing Mongolian. (Bloomington: Indiana University, Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 2005), x+ 331 pp., 38 pl.
  • Menggu ren de wenzi yu shuji. Translation of Knigi mongolʹskich kočevnikov by Fan Lijun (Huhehaote: Nei Menggu renmin chubanshe, 2004), 142 pp.
  • Medieval Mongolian Documents from Kharakhoto and Eastern Turkestan in St. Petersburg. In: Manuscripta Orientalia, vol. 9. no. 2 (St. Petersburg 2003), pp. 3-40.
  • The Mongol and Manchu Manuscripts and Blockprints in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2000), x+603 pp., 12 pl.
  • Buryat Shaman Songs and Rites. In: Уран зохиол судлал [Studies on Literature], vol. 5 (Ulaanbaatar 1998), pp. 95-140, in co-authorship with D. Gantogtokh and J. Tsolo.
  • Mongol-magyar kéziszótár [Concise Dictionary Hungarian-Mongolian] (Budapest: Terebess Kiadó 1998), xviii+758 pp.
  • Zhiyuan yiyu. Index alphabétique des mots mongols. In: AOH XLIV 1990, pp. 279-345.
  • Die uigurische Übersetzung des apokryphen Sūtra ‘Fo ding xin da tuoluoni’. In: Altorientalische Forschungen (AoF)13 (Berlin 1986), pp. 318-376 (in co-authorship with P. Zieme).
  • Le sūtra de Vimalakīrtti en mongol. Texte de Ergilu-a Rinčin. Ms. de Leningrad. In: Monumenta Linguae Mongolicae Collecta. IX. 1-2. Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó 1982. 128 pp.+156 pp.
  • Ein uigurisches Totenbuch. Nāropas Lehre in uigurischer Übersetzung von vier tibetischen Traktaten nach der Sammelhandschrift aus Dunhuang, British Museum 8212 (109).  Bibliotheca Orientalis Hungarica, vol. XXII (Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó 1978), also Asiatische Forschungen, Band 63 (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz 1978), 347 pp., in co-authorship with P. Zieme.
  • Die uigurischen Übersetzungen des Guruyogas „Tiefer Weg“ von Sa-skya Paṇḍita und der Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃgīti. Berliner Turfantexte VIII (Berlin: Akademie 1977), 148 pp., L pl. 4º, in co-authorship with P. Zieme.
  • Fragmente tantrischer Werke in uigurischer Übersetzung. Berliner Turfantexte. vol. VII (Berlin: Akademie 1976), 112 pp., XLIX pl. 4º, in co-authorship with P. Zieme.
  • Книги монгольских кочевников. Семь веков монгольской письменнoсти (Moscow: Nauka 1972), 227 pp.
  • Chants d’un barde mongol. Bibliotheca Orientalis Hungarica, vol. XII (Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó 1970), 351 pp.
  • L’inscription d’Aruγ, prince de Yun-nan (1340). In: AOH XVII 1964, pp. 145-173.
  • Sur le dialecte üǰümüčin. In: Dissertationes Sodalium Instituti Asiae Interioris. 7 (Budapest 1963), 84 pp.
  • Un texte mongol en écriture soyombo. In: AOH IX 1959, pp. 1-38.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Diploma of honor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, 2015
  • The Golden Medal of Indiana University for Altaistic Studies, 2011
  • Order of Labor Merit of the Republic of Mongolia, 2005
  • Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis, 1999
  • Order of the Polar Star of the Republic of Mongolia, 1998

Honorary memberships

  • International Association of Mongolian Studies, Mongolia
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society, CESS, USA
  • Society of Turkish Language / Türk Dil Kurumu, Turkey

 

Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3024
East Building, 3rd Floor
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105

Phone: (812) 855-2233
Fax: (812) 855-7500