Chinese Studies

Dr. Alexander Jost 曹大龍

Senior Lecturer and Managing Director at the European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University (ECCS)
Academic Career

  • 2014- Senior Lecturer, Department of Chinese Studies and Managing Director of the European Centre for Chinese Studies at Peking University
  • 2014 PhD Sinology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Tübingen
  • 2011 MA Sinology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Tübingen
  • 2007 MA Islamic Studies and Rhetoric, Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Tübingen

Research Focus
Trained in Islamic as well as Chinese Studies, Dr. Jost specializes on topics related to the China and the Islamic world, such as the role of Muslims in Chinese society and the history of communication between China and the Middle East. Another research field is the history of Chinese science and technology, in particular aspects of invention, innovation and knowledge transfer.

Major Publications
Jost is author of From Secret Knowledge to Mass Production: The Wet Copper Industry of Song China (960-1279) (Brill, forthcoming), a thorough investigation into the rise and fall of hydrometallurgical technology in China. He has also published English and German translations of the Daye Fu 大冶賦, or "Rhapsody of the Great Smelting", an epic prose poem on minting and metallurgy from the Song period. His paper "'He Did not Kiss the Earth between his Hands' – Arabic Sources on the Arrivals of the Zheng He Fleet in Aden and Mecca (1419-1432)" is being translated into Chinese.