In the sixteenth century, the Sibe people emerged as a unique ethnic group, and
they remained a unique ethnic group after their migration to the Ili River basin. In the
Republic of China, a time when many ethnic systems were created, the Sibe gained official
recognition for being an independent ethnic group. Although the creation of a written
script is an act of ethnic construction, the Sibe written language could never break
free of its close relation to the Manchu written language. The construction of ethnic
groups and the creation of written scripts stimulated vigorous development of ethnic
histories compiled by the Sibe scholars, and it is their textual research of ethnic origin
that best illustrates the birth of this new ethnic group.
At the Department of Ancient Eastern Studies, the PhD dissertation by
M.A. Redina-Thomas Provincial Administration in Kassite Babylonia in the 14th-13th centuries B.C. (on the Material of Nippur Archives will be discussed.