JA is a society journal, and its society is the oldest and most prestigious in the field, the Société Asiatique, founded on 1 April 1822. The journal itself began to appear in the same year, and has continued without interruption since that time.
Its range is wide, with a focus on what might be called 19th century orientalism: the Ancient Near East, and of the Far East, chiefly the areas of former French political interest in Southeast Asia. It is not among the major venues for scholarship on classical China. Disciplines include linguistics, and there is a strong interest in the religions of all areas covered. The language of publication is predominantly French, with an occasional English article; no German.
From 1828 to 1835, the journal changed its title to Nouveau Journal Asiatique, this marking a second series. A third series began in 1836 under the resumed original title, which continues today. It is currently published by Peeters; its operation is overseen by the Conseil Scientifique de la Société Asiatique. Its interval is two issues per year (four issues per year from 1965 to 1983); this was reduced in 2003-2004 to one double issue per year.
- Société Asiatique
- Journal Asiatique (issues up to 1937)
- Journal Asiatique (at Peeters; text of recent issues, and contents of earlier ones)
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