A Historical Study of the Mon Region (India) and Its Relation with Tibet and Bhutan (16th & 17th Century)

Author: 

Lobsang Tenpa

PhD defended at: 

University of Leipzig, Germany

Summary: 

The thesis- a contribution towards South and Inner Asian Studies- focuses on the socio-political history of the Mon region (Mon yul), compromising Tawang and West Kameng districts in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. While exploring the historical development of the region within Tibet and Bhutan during the 16th and 17th centuries, the work examines how the region, also known simply as Mon, was incorporated into Tibet via an edict issued in 1680 and the subsequent reiteration edict in 1731 by the Lhasa’s Tibetan government. The thesis provides an analysis of the term Mon, its etymology and not least its usage on a broader scale. The monograph is based on critical textual research, investigating Tibetan legal documents and the historical texts, including auto-/biographies. A number of those sources are presented along with their annotated translations and the facsimile editions. The detailed study of the region is essential and timely, it is not only offering a historical overview of the region but also a wider context and background for understanding the current Sino-Indian border relations. That relation is very much concentrated on this historical Indo-Tibetan border region.

Defended: 

2017