Étienne de la Vaissière

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Étienne de La Vaissière (born 5 November 1969 in Dijon) is a French historian, professor at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris.[1] He is teaching economic and social history of early medieval Central Asia, before and after the arrival of Islam. He is a specialist of the Sogdian culture, its traders and nobility, and also of the nomadic invasions of the 4th-5th centuries. Some of his theories are:

  • a depiction of the network which gave to the image of "Silk Road" its only historical reality during the Early Middle Ages[2]
  • the textual proof that the Huns and the Xiongnu are indeed synonymous
  • a shift of two centuries in the history of Eastern Manichaeism (it arrived in China in the 6th century)
  • a reinterpretation of Abbassid 9th century political history pushing the birth of the mamluk phenomenon to the 860s-870s


  • Histoire des marchands sogdiens, De Boccard, Paris, 2002
    • New edition corrected and expanded, 2004 [3]
    • English translation Sogdian traders : a history, Handbook of Uralic studies v.10, Leiden, 2005, ISBN 978-90-04-14252-7
  • Samarcande et Samarra. Elites d'Asie centrale dans l'empire abbasside, Peeters, Louvain, 2007 [4]
  • With Éric Trombert, Les Sogdiens en Chine, École française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris, 2005 [5]
  • With Matteo Compareti, Royal Nawruz in Samarkand, supplement of the Rivista degli Studi Orientali, 2006
  • With M. Ghose "Ephtalites", in Bulletin of the Asia Institute, 2007.[1]
  • Islamisation de l'Asie centrale. Processus locaux d'acculturation du VIIe au XIe siècle, Peeters, Louvain, 2008.[6]


  1. ^ "Etienne de la Vaissière - Chine - EPHE". Crcao.fr. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  2. ^ Foret, Philippe (2008), The journey of maps and images on the Silk Road, BRILL, p. 168, ISBN 978-90-04-17165-7
  3. ^ "DE BOCCARD Edition Diffusion". Deboccard.com. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  4. ^ "Samarcande et Samarra". Peeters-leuven.be. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  5. ^ http://www.efeo.fr/publications/vdp.shtml
  6. ^ "Islamisation de l'Asie centrale". Peeters-leuven.be. Retrieved 2011-01-30.

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