CV Prof. Dr. Barend Jan Terwiel


Personal Details

Date of Birth 24 November 1941
Place of Birth Ginneken, The Netherlands
Nationality Australian and Dutch


The Australian National University, Australia

Period 1972
Degree Ph.D.

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Period 1967
Degree Doctoral
Subject Anthropology, Pali, History of Buddhism

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Period 1965
Degree Candidate
Degree Cultural Anthropology

Professional experience

1992-present Chair for Languages and Cultures of Thailand and Laos, Asien Afrika Institut, Universit�t Hamburg, Germany
1999-2004 Holder of the Extraordinary Chair for Mainland Southeast Asia at Leiden University, the Netherlands
1999-2004 Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences in G�ttingen, Germany
1999-2004 Member of the editorial board of Oriens Extremus, on the advisory boards of Semaian (Leiden) the journals Tai Culture (Seacom, Berlin) and The Indian Journal of Tai Studies
1991-1992 Professor, Institut f�r V�lkerkunde and Afrikanistik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit�t, M�nchen, Germany
1991 Reader in Asian History, Faculty of Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Australia
1982-1990 Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Australia
1974-1981 Lecturer, Faculty of Asian Studies, the Australian National University, Australia

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

Engelbert Kaempfer in Siam. Engelbert Kaempfer Werke Band 4, M�nchen, Iudicium Verlag. 2004. Pp. 289.

(compiler and editor, with the assistance of Chaichuen Khamdaengyodtai) Shan Manuscripts Part 1, Verzeichnis der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, Vol 39/1. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 2003. Pp. 250.

(with Wolfgang Michel) Engelbert Kaempfer, Heutiges Japan. Engelbert Kaempfer Werke Band 1/1 and 1/2, M�nchen, Iudicium Verlag. 2001. (my contribution is limited to chapters 1 and 2).

(with Ranoo Wichasin) Tai Ahoms and the Stars: Three Ritual Texts to Ward off Danger. SEAP, Ithaca: Cornell University. 1992. Pp. 170.

A Window on Thai History. Bangkok: Editions Duang Kamol. 1989. Pp. vi + 164. (second revised edition in 1991).

(with A. Diller and Cholthira Satayawatana), Khon Thai (doem) mai dai yu thi ni, Bangkok: Muang Boran. 1990. Pp. 240. (in Thai).

Through Travellers' Eyes, An Approach to Early Nineteenth-century Thai History. Bangkok: Editions Duang Kamol. 1989. Pp. xi + 288.

A History of Modern Thailand, 1767-1942. University of Queensland Press, St Lucia. 1983. Pp. x + 379.

The Tai of Assam and Ancient Tai Ritual. Volume II: Sacrifices and Time-reckoning, Gaya: Centre for South East Asian Studies. 1981. Pp. vi + 191.

The Tai of Assam and Ancient Tai Ritua., Volume I: Life-cycle Ceremonies, Gaya: Centre for South East Asian Studies. 1980. Pp. v + 187.

Field Marshal Plaek Phibun Songkhram. Leaders of Asia Series, Monograph No 2, Brisbane: University of Queensland Press. 1980.

Boeddhisme in de Praktijk. Terreinverkenningen in de Culturele Antropologie, No 9, Assen: Van Gorcum. 1977. Pp. 119. In Dutch. (part of this was reprinted under the title: Boeddhisme, in the series Religieuze Levensbeschouwingen, Part 1C [Tilburg 1989]).

Monks and Magic. Scandinavian Institute of Asian Studies Monograph No. 24. London: Curzon Press, 1976. Pp. viii + 296. (second edition 1979, third edition 1994 reprinted 2001, White Lotus Press Bangkok)


"Aufstand der Abtr�nnigen? Neue Str�mungen im thail�ndischen Buddhismus." Thailand-Rundschau der Deutsch-Thail�ndischen Gesellschaft. Vol 16. Sept. 2003. Pp. 50-55. (in German)

"Der Mann mit dem hoch gedrehten Schnurrbart." In Sabine Klocke-Daffa, J�rgen Scheffler und Gisela Wilbertz (eds.), Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716) und die kulturelle Begegnung zwischen Europa und Asien. Lemgo: Institut f�r Lippische Landeskunde. 2003. Pp. 13-22. (in German)

"Social Norms and Religion in Europe and Asia. A Cultural Comparison." Asia Europe Journal, Vol 1. 2003. Pp. 17-23.

"Between Moulmein and Bangkok: The Mass Migration of Mons in the first half of the Nineteenth Century."In Leonard Bluss� and Felipe Fern�ndez-Armesto (eds.), Shifting Communities and Identity Formation in Early Modern Asia. Leiden: Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies (CNWS). 2003. Pp. 107-116.

"Burma in Early Thai Sources: An Essay on Models of Perception."In Jos Gommans and Jacques Leider (eds.), The Maritime Frontier of Burma: Exploring Political, Cultural and Commercial Interaction in the Indian Ocean World, 1200-1800. Amsterdam: KNAW and Leiden: KITLV. 2002. Pp. 9-23.

"Revivalism in Northeast India: A Case of the Ahoms." The Indian Journal of Tai Studies, Vol 2. 2002. Pp. 6-27 (reprint of the 1966 article).

"Einige �berlegungen �ber den traditionellen lebendigen thail�ndischen Buddhismus." In Buddhismus in Geschichte and Gegenwart. Band IV, Universit�t Hamburg. Feb. 2002. Pp. 129-136. (in German).

"The Oldest Law Texts in Mainland Southeast Asia." Tai Culture, Vol VI. 2001. Pp. 269-272.

"Civilising the Past: Nation and Knowledge in Thai History."In Willem van Schendel and Henk Schulte Nordholdt (eds.), Time Matters; Global and Local Time in Asian Societies. Amsterdam: VU University Press. 2001. Pp. 97-112.

"Van Denkmodellen en Vooroordelen: Thaise Geschiedschrijving over de periode van de eerste helft van de negentiende eeuw." Inaugurele rede ter gelegenheid van de aanvaarding van het amt van bijzonder hoogleraar aan de Faculteit der Letteren, Leiden: International Institute for Asian Studies. 2000. Pp. 20. (in Dutch)

"Die Rolle der Laien im modernen thail�ndischen Buddhismus." In Ingvar Sander and Gerhard Reinecke (eds.), Thailand: Aktuelle Wandlungsprozesse in Politik, Wirtschaft, Umwelt und Gesellschaft. Hamburg: Institut f�r Asienkunde. 2000, pp. 249-266. (in German)

"The Origin of Mankind in Ahom Literature; Towards a Contextual and Regional Analysis."In Chalatchai Ramithanon, Wirada Samasawat and Ranoo Wichasin (eds.), Tai. Chiangmai: Women's Studies Centre, BE 2441. 1999. Pp. 22-56.

"Early Ayutthaya and Foreign Trade, Some Questions." In Nguyen The Anh en Yoshiaka Ishizawa (eds.), Commerce et navigation en Asie du Sud-Est (XIVe-XIXe si�cle),.Paris: l'Harmattan. 1999. Pp. 77-90.

"Die Beziehungen zwischen Thailand and Vietnam: eine historische Perspektive." In Duy Tu Vo and Gerhard Will (eds.), Vietnams neue Position in S�dostasien, Mitteilungen des Instituts f�r Asienkunde Hamburg, Nr. 310, Hamburg: Institut f�r Asienkunde. 1999. Pp. 257-263. (in German).

"Slavery in Thailand " In Encyclopedia of Slavery. 1998.

"The Battle of Nong Sarai (1593) and the Relationship between the Largest Political Units in Mainland Southeast Asia." In Nguyen The Anh and Alain Forest (eds.), Guerre et paix en Asie du Sud-est, Paris: l'Harmattan. 1998. Pp. 39-54.

"Thai Buddhism � Some Indigenous Perspectives." Buddhismus in Geschichte and Gegenwart, Band I, Universit�t Hamburg. Jan. 1998. Pp. 125-134.

"Early Ayutthaya, Trade and Evidence of an Epidemic." Tai Culture, Vol. 2, No. 2. Dec. 1997. Pp. 72-73.

"The Development of Consensus Nationalism in Thailand." In Sri Kuhnt-Saptodewo, Volker Grabowsky and Martin Gro�heim (eds.), Nationalism and Cultural Revival in Southeast Asia: Perspectives from the Centre and the Region. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. 1997 Pp. 133-144.

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