Asian Horizons is published in honour of the great scholar of Asia, Professor Giuseppe Tucci (1894–1984). Through the work of present-day scholars, both senior and emerging, this volume represents their efforts to maintain the impetus of the profound legacy Tucci left. Renowned to this day as a founding scholar in an extraordinarily wide variety of disciplines, as well as being an explorer of hitherto largely unknown lands, such as Tibet, Tucci gained a deep knowledge of Asia through a familiarity with its people, places and literature. His contribution to modern scholarship is nothing less than remarkable. The volume reflects the broad variety of topics in which Tucci himself displayed deep interest and serves as an homage to his work.
Angelo Andrea Di Castro teaches archaeology at Monash University. He has conducted many archaeological investigations in Italy, Nepal, western China and published on Asian cultures, art and archaeology. He specialises in South and Central Asia, in particular India, Gandhāra, and the Himalayan regions. His research is currently focused on the archaeology of the Kashgar oasis (Xinjiang, China) and the cultural interactions between the Mediterranean world and Central Asia.
David Templeman has worked for many years on the writings of the 16–17th century Tibetan lama, Taranatha. He is working on a translation of that lama’s massive autobiography and has recently co-authored (with John Powers) A Historical Dictionary of Tibet. He is an Adjunct Research fellow at Monash Asia Institute, Monash University.