David Deterding

Associate Professors

Ahsan Ullah

Ampuan Hj Brahim bin Ampuan Hj Tengah

Hj Asbol bin Hj Mail

Gary Jones

James McLellan

Khondker Iftekhar Iqbal

Noor Azam OKMB Haji-Othman

Senior Assistant Professors

Aini binti Hj Karim

Debbie Ho

Hjh Dyg Fatimah binti Hj Awang Chuchu

Johannes L. Kurz

Md Shafi Noor Islam

Paul Deyuan He

Hj Ramlee bin Hj Tinkong

Rommel Curaming

Salbrina Hj Sharbawi

Sharifah Nurul Huda Alkaff

Yabit Alas

Assistant Professors

Hjh Asiyah Az-Zahra bte Hj Ahmad Kumpoh

Hannah Ho Ming Yit

Kathrina bte DP Haji Mohd Daud

Magne Knudsen

Meredian Alam

Muhammad Arafat Bin Mohamad

Rui Oliveira Lopes

Shirley Chin

Siti Mazidah binti Hj Mohamad

Yong Liu


Ak Hj Ashrol Rahimy bin Pg Hj Damit

Asmali Hj Sulaiman

Hjh Aznah binti Hj Suhaimi

Chester Keasberry

Daniel Wee

Ena Herni binti Wasli

Gabriel Yong

Izni Azrein bin Noor Azalie

Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim

Mardina binti Hj Mahadi

Maslin bin Haji Jukin/Jukim

Mohd. Zefri Ariff bin Mohd. Zain Ariff

Nani Suryani binti Hj Abu Bakar

Dk Noor Hasharina bte Pg Haji Hassan

Norzurianie Hj Kamarulzaman

Rinni Marliyana binti Hj Amran

Assistant Lecturers

Mayyer Ling


Exzayrani binti Awang Sulaiman

Pg Mohd Rahiman Pg Aliudin

Shariza Wahyuna Hj Shahrin

Siti Badriyah Hj Mohd Yusof

Siti Ifwah Fauzani binti Hj Chuchu

Administrative Staff

FASS Administrative Staff

Research Students

FASS PhD Students

Research Assistants

Diotima Chattoraj


Johannes L. Kurz

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Academic Qualifications

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  • World Civilizations
  • East Asian History
  • East Asian Art History


  • The period of the Five Dynasties and Ten States in China's 10th century with a focus on the Southern Tang (937-976)
  • Intellectual-political foundations of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279)
  • Formation of Chinese imperial libraries from the 10th to the 13th centuries
  • History of the publication of the twenty-four official standard histories in the People's Republic of China



China's Southern Tang Dynasty (937–976), London: Routledge, 2011.

Das Kompilationsprojekt Song Taizongs (reg. 976–996). Bern, Peter Lang, 2003.

"Die 'Clique' in der Song-Geschichtsschreibung über die Südliche Tang" (The 'Faction' in Song Historical Writings on the Southern Tang), Ph. D. dissertation, Heidelberg, 19951993. Ann Arbor, UMI, 1996.


“The Creation of a Shared Past: Two Thousand Years of “Historical” China-Brunei Relations”, Journal of Asian History 54.1 (2020): 157-183. (forthcoming)

“Deconstructing Banzu and Longyamen: The Daoyi zhilüe (1349) in the New Early History of Singapore”, Zeitschrift der deutschen morgenländischen Gesellschaft 169.2 (2019): 455-481.

“The South China Sea and How It Turned into “Historically” Chinese Territory in 1975”, in Barbara Mittler and Catherine Vance Yeh (eds), China and the World, the World and China: A Transcultural Perspective Vol.3: Modern and Contemporary China. Heidelberg, 2019. Pp. 133-160.

“Gauging the South China Sea: Route Books (genglubu) since 1974”, China Quarterly 240 (2019): 1135-1143.

"Song Taizong, the 'Record of Jiangnan' ('Jiangnan lu'), and an Alternate Ending to the Tang", Journal of Song Yuan Studies 46 (2016): 29–55. (On-line Link).

"Making History in Borneo: Ong Sum Ping and His Others during the Late Yuan and Early Ming Dynasties", International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 14.2 (July 2018). (On-line Link).

"A Note on the Tombstone of Master Pu in Brunei and the Xishan zazhi", Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde 172.4 (2016), 510–517.

"On the Unification Plans of the Southern Tang Dynasty", Journal of Asian History 50.1 (2016): 23–45.

"Traditional Historiography", in Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies, edited by Tim Wright. New York, Oxford University Press. September 30, 2015, 23–45. (On-line Link).

"Two Early Ming Texts on Borneo", Ming Studies 70 (March 2015): 60–72. (On-link Link).

"On the Southern Tang Imperial Genealogy", Journal of the American Oriental Society 133:4 (2014), 601–621. (Journal Link).

"Boni in Chinese Sources from the Tenth to the Eighteenth Century", International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 10.1 (January 2014): 2–32. (PDF Version).

"The Rebellion of Zhang Yuxian (942–943)", Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 77 (3), (2014), pp. 523–545. (PDF Version).

"Pre-modern Chinese Sources in the National History of Brunei: The Case of Poli", Bijdragen tot de Taal‑, Land‑  en Volkenkunde, 169 (2/3), 213–243 (2013). (Online Link).

"The Consolidation of Official Historiography during the Early Northern Song Period", Journal of Asian History, 46.1 (2012): 13–35. (PDF Version).

"Taiping yulan", entry prepared for Albert E. Dien, Keith N. Knapp and Cynthia Chennault (eds.), Early Medieval China Handbook, 342–346. Stanford, Stanford University Press.

"Han Xizai (902–970): An Eccentric Life in Exciting Times", in Peter Lorge (ed.), Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2011, 79–100. (PDF Version).

"Boni in Chinese Sources: Translations of Relevant Texts from the Song to the Qing Dynasties", Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre Working Paper Series, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, No. 4 (2011).

"Biographical Writing in Tenth Century China", in Susanne Enderwitz and Wolfgang Schamoni (eds.), Biographie als Weltliteratur (Biography as World Literature). Heidelberg, Mattes, 2009. (PDF Version).

"A Note on the Dates for the Revelation of the Correct Rites of the Celestial Heart Tianxin zhengfa", in Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal 7.1 (2006/07):105–112. (PDF version)

"The Compilation and Publication of the Taiping yulan and the Cefu yuangui", in Florence Bretelle-Establet and Karine Chemla (eds.), Qu'est-ce qu'écrire une encyclopédie en Chine?. Extreme Orient-Extreme Occident Hors série (2007), 39–76. (on-line version)

"A Survey of the Historical Sources for the Five Dynasties and Ten States in Song Times", in Journal of Song Yuan Studies 33:187–224 (2003).

"Problematische Zeiten: Die Fünf Dynastien und Zehn Staaten in Chinas 10. Jahrhundert" (Problematic Times: The Five Dynasties and Ten States in China's Tenth Century), in Sven Sellmer and Horst Brinkhaus (eds.), Zeitenwenden: Historische Brüche in asiatischen und afrikanischen Gesellschaften (Hamburg: E.B. Verlag, 2002),  273–290. (PDF version)

"Empereur à la surprise: The Making of Song Taizu" (2001), 107–111. (Symposium Volume).

"A New Translation of the Entry on Boni in the Official History of the Song", in Southeast Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal vol. 2, no.1–2: 31–36 (2001).

"The Politics of Collecting Knowledge: The Compilations Project of Song Taizong", in T'oung Pao 87.1:289–316 (2001). (available here)

"An Example of Biographical History Writing under the Song: The Biography of Wei Cen (? – 956)", UBD Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Working Paper no. 34.

"Factualizing Fiction: Song Historical Accounts of a 'Faction' under the Southern Tang", UBD Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Working Paper no. 35.

"Geschichtsverwaltung in der VR China" (The Administration of History in Mainland China), in S. Conermann (ed.), Mythen, Geschichte(n), Identitäten: Der Kampf um die Vergangenheit (Hamburg, 1999), 175–190.

"The Invention of the Faction in Song Historical Writings on the Southern Tang", in Journal of Sung Yuan Studies 28, 1–35 (1998).

"The Yangzi in the Negotiations Between the Southern Tang and its Northern Neighbors (mid 10th cent.)", in Roderich Ptak and Sabine Dabringhaus (eds.), China and Her Neighbors: Borders, Visions of the Other, Foreign Policy 10th to 19th Centuries (Wiesbaden, 1997), 29–48.

"Die Yuan-Dynastie der Mongolen (1279–1368) in China: Historische Ausgangslage, Verwaltung und ethnisches Verhältnis" (The Yuan Dynasty of the Mongols 1279–1368 in China: Historical Conditions, Administration and Ethnic Relations), in S. Conermann und J. Kusber (eds.), Die Mongolen in Asien und Europa (Frankfurt, 1997), 161–177.

"Sources for the History of the Southern Tang", in Journal of Sung Yuan Studies 24, 217–235 (1994).

"Zwei Biographien aus den Annalen der Song: Gao Qiong (935–1006) und die Kaiserin Gao (1032–1093)" (Two Biographies from the History of the Song: Gao Qiong (935–1006) and Empress Gao (1032–1093)), unpubl. M.A. thesis, Heidelberg, 1986.

Encyclopedia Entries

"Chu". In Michael Dillon (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History, p. 121. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2016.

"Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms". In Michael Dillon (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History, pp. 209–211. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2016.

"Southern Tang, 936–976". In Michael Dillon (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History, pp. 648–649. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2016.

"Tang-Song Transition". In Michael Dillon (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History, pp. 682–683. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2016.

"Wu State (852–936)". In Michael Dillon (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History, p. 758. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2016.


de Vienne, Marie-Sybille. Brunei: From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century. Singapore: NUS Press, 2015. In: Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society 90.2: 137-140 (2017).

Davis, Richard L. "Fire and Ice: Li Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang". Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2016. In: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 80.3: 617-619 (2017). (PDF Version).

Davis, Richard L. "From Warhorse to Ploughshares: The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong", Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2014. In: Journal of Chinese Studies 61: 353–364 (2015). (PDF Version).

Glen Dudbridge: A Portrait of Five Dynasties China: From the Memoirs of Wang Renyu (880–956). (Oxford Oriental Monographs.) 272 pp. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. In: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 77.1: 252–254 (2014).

Herbert Franke, Krieg und Krieger im chinesischen Mittelalter (12. bis 14. Jahrhundert) (Stuttgart, Franz Steiner, 2003), in T’oung Pao 91.1–3:226–232 (2005).

Jürgen Ritter, Sima Guangs Zizhi tongjian und seine Rezeption in Taiwan (Frankfurt: Lang, 2000), in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie 19 (2001).

Jan A. M. de Meyer, "Mountainhopping: The Life of Wu Yun", T’ang Studies 17 (1999), in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie 18 (2000).

Work in progress

"On Jinlipishi and Shilifoshi: A Re-assessment" (MS 16pp.)

Entries on "Chu 927–956", "Wu 905–936", "Southern Tang 937–976", "Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms 907–960", "Tang-Song Transition". In Michael Dillon (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History. New York/London: Routledge, 2012.

"The Imperial Library of the Northern Song: A Translation of the Lintai gushi by Cheng Ju (1078–1144)", with annotations and commentary.

“The man, the Kunlun and Poli: Chinese Descriptions of a Southeast Asian 'Other' from the Tang to the Song Dynasties (7th to 13th Centuries)”.

Conference Papers

"Another Case of 'Using the Past to Serve the Present': Route Books (genglubu)", Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Sydney, July 3-5, 2018.

"Ong Sum Ping and his others: Making history in northern Borneo in Yuan and Ming times", ICAS 10, Chiang Mai, July 21, 2017.

"Song Taizong and the end of the Ten States", AAS-in-Asia, Taipei, June 23, 2015. (Abstract available here).

"On the unification plans of the Southern Tang", ICAS 9, Adelaide, July 8, 2015.

"The Rebellion of Zhang Yuxian, 942–943", XIXth Biennial Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies in Paris, France, 5–8 September 2012.

"Srivijaya in Borneo?: A Note on Jinlipishi and Shilifoshi in Chinese texts (7th–14th centuries)", 11th Borneo Research Council Conference, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, , 25–27 June 2012.

"Song Attitudes to the Southern Tang Imperial Genealogy", ICAS 6, Daejeon, South Korea, August. 5–10, 2009.

"Chinese Texts and The Making of History in Borneo", XVIIth Biennial Conference of the European Association of Chinese Studies in Lund, Sweden, 6–10th August 2008.

"Chinese Sources in the Fabrication of Early 'Brunei' History", ICAS 4, Shanghai August 2005.

"Modern Resources for Teaching: Internet Resources and E-teaching in the New Millennium", History Department Workshop, UBD, Sept. 20–21, 2004.

"Starting from Scratch: The Imperial Library of the Early Northern Song Period", ICAS 3, Singapore August 2003.

"The Winner Takes All: Southern Tang Contributions to the Early Northern Song", paper delivered in panel 202 "The Cultures of Political Legitimacy in Tenth-Century China" at the AAS Annual Meeting April 2002, Washington, D.C., USA.

"Empereur à la surprise: the Making of Song Taizu", Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg Measuring Historical Heat: Event, Performance and Impact in China and the West: A Symposium in Honour of Rudolf G. Wagner on his 60th Birthday". Heidelberg, November 3–4, 2001.

"Re-creating the World of Letters: Scholars and Compilations in the Service of Emperor Taizong of the Song", Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore, 29th September 2001.

"Defining the Five Dynasties and Ten States Period: A Look at Its Development and Reception", Chinese Studies Conference, ANU Canberra, 5th–8th July, 2001.

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