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Dr. habil.
Zieme Peter (19.04.1942, Berlin), an expert in Turkic studies, Buddhology and Old Uyghur literature. In 1965 graduated from Humboldt University of Berlin; from 1965 to 1969 was a PhD student at the same University. After defending a PhD thesis (Linguistic and literature research of Turkic Manichean texts found in Turfan) he started his career as an academic researcher at the Institute of Oriental Research of the German Democratic Republic in 1969. In 1984 he received the Habilitation degree at the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic for the dissertation Die Stabreim Texte der Uiguren von Turfan und Dunhuang: Studien zur alttürkischen Dichtung.

From 1993, a member of The Turfanforschung (Turfan Studies) at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Honored professor of Free University of Berlin (1994); member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (1999); honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2000); honorary member of Turkish Language Society (Türk Dil Kurumu, 2012); member of the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences (2019).

Professor Zieme’s contribution to Old Uyghur studies could not be overestimated. Being an author of 14 books and more than 200 articles, the chief editor of multiple works dedicated to Central Asian literature and paleography, he continues to conduct research of Old Uyghur Turfan texts.



Lundysheva O., Turanskaya A., Umemura H. Catalogue of the Old Uyghur manuscripts and blockprints in the Serindia Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Volume 1 [=Каталог древнеуйгурских рукописей и ксилографов Сериндийского фонда Института восточных рукописей РАН. Том 1] / Edited by P. Zieme. Manuscripts conservation by K. Korosteleva. With forewords by I. F. Popova and T. Hamashita. Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 2021. 386 p., ill. ISBN: 978-4-8097-0306-5

Zieme P. Maitreya and the Religious Situation according to Two Old Uighur Poems of Yuan Dynasty. Edition of SI 4485 and SI 4958 // Pis'mennye pamiatniki Vostoka. Vol. 18, no. 3 (46), 2021, pp. 5–16.

Zieme P. An Old Uyghur Translation of the 開蒙要訓 Kaimeng yaoxun // Written Monuments of the Orient. Vol. 7, No. 1(13), 2021. P. 71–99.


Zieme P. The first leaf of an Old Uyghur 觀無量壽經 "Guanwuliangshoujing" translation // Written Monuments of the Orient. No. 1(11), 2020. P. 47—55.


Zieme Z. The Layman İndu and an Old Uighur Poem // Written Monuments of the Orient. No. 1(9), 2019. P. 39—48.

Zieme P. Notes on a Manichaean Turkic Prayer Cycle // Written Monuments of the Orient, 1(9) 2019. P. 3—11.


Kōichi Kitsudō and Zieme P. The Jin’gangjing zuan 金剛經纂 in Old Uighur with Parallels in Tangut and Chinese // Written Monuments of the Orient. 2(6), 2017. P. 43–87.

Zieme P. An Embryonic Saint. Interpretation of an Old Uighur Fragment in the Serindia Collection at the IOM, RAS // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(5), 2017. P. 40—48.


Zieme P. An Old Uighur Fictional Letter Supposedly Written by Prince Gautama from a Fragment in the Serindia Collection at the IOM, RAS // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(3), 2016. P. 64–72.


Umemura H., Zieme P. A Further Fragment of the Old Uighur Qianziwen // Written Monuments of the Orient, 2. Moscow: Vostochnaya literatura, 2015. P. 3-13.

Zieme P. Fragments of the Old Uighur Maitrisimit nom bitig in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Berlin // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 14-31.

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