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Bibliography on the History of Indology


Contributed by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Lancaster University

Balagangadharan, S.N. The Heathen in His Blindness: Asia, the West and the Dynamic of Religion. 2nd ed. Manohar, Delhi: 2005

Brooks, D. R. The Thousand-Headed Person: The Mystery of Hinduism and the Study of Religion in the AAR, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 62.4 (1994) 1111-1126.

Dalmia, V. Orienting India: European Knowledge Formation in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective. 2003

Gandhi, L. Postcolonial Theory: A Critical Introduction. Columbia University Press, New York: 1998

Grundriss der Indo-Arischen Philologie und Altertumskunde, Berlin und Leipzig, Vereinigung wissenschaftlicher verleger, 1920

Halbfass, W. India and Europe: An Essay in Understanding. SUNY Press, Albany: 1988
Assayag, J. & Benei, V. Remapping Knowledge: The Making of South Asian Studies in India, Europe and America (19th - 20th centuries). Gurgaon: Three Essays Collective, 2005

King, R. Orientalism and Religion: Postcolonial Theory, India, and the 'Mythic East'. Routledge, London and New York: 1999

Vogel, C. (ed.). Literatur und Kultur, zur Geschichte der Sanskritphilologie, Wiesbaden 1977

Macfie, A.L. (ed). Orientalism : a reader. NYU Press, New York: 2000

Masuzawa, T. The Invention of World Religions: Or, How European Universalism Was Preserved in the Language of Pluralism. University of Chicago, Chicago and London: 2005

McGetchin, D.T. & Park, P.K.J. Sanskrit and 'Orientalism': Indology and Comparative Linguistics in Germany, 1750-1958, Delhi: Manohar, 2004

Oberoi, H. The Construction of Religious Boundaries: Culture, Identity and Diversity in the Sikh Tradition. Oxford University Press, Delhi: 1994

Pennington, B. Was Hinduism Invented?, Oxford, 2005

Schwab, R. The Oriental Renaissance: Europe's Rediscovery of India and the East, 1680-1880. Columbia University Press, New York: 1984 [1950].
Trautmann, T.R. Aryans and British India. New Delhi: Yoda Press (1997. Berkeley: University of California Press) 2004

Trautmann, T.R. Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras (Berkeley: UC Press) 2006

Van der Veer, P. & Breckenridge, C. (eds). Orientalism and the Postcolonial Predicament: Perspectives on South Asia, Philadelphia, 1993

Windisch, E. Geschichte der sanskrit-philologie und indischen altertumskunde. Strassburg. Trübner, K.J., 1917-1920

Zachariae, T. Opera minora: zur indischen Wortforschung, zur Geschichte der indischen, Steiner, 1977


Additions suggested by Robert Yelle:
Almond, Philip C. 1988. The British Discovery of Buddhism. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.

Cohn, Bernard S. 2006. The Bernard Cohn Omnibus: An Anthropologist among the
Historians and Other Essays, Colonialism and Its Knowledge, India: The
Social Anthropology of Civilization. USA: Oxford University Press (New
Delhi: Oxford University Press 2004).

Kopf, David. 1969. British Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance; the
Dynamics of Indian Modernization, 1773-1835. Berkeley: University of
California Press.

Marshall, Peter James, ed. 1970. The British discovery of Hinduism in the
Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ramaswamy, Krishnan; De Nicholas, Antonio and Aditi Banerjee. 2007. Invading
the Sacred: An Analysis of Hinduism Studies in America. Delhi: Rupa & Co.

Viswanathan, Gauri. 1998 (first published 1989). Masks of Conquest: Literary
Study and British Rule in India. Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Zastoupil, Lynn and Martin Moir. 1999. The Great Indian Education Debate:
Documents Relating to the Orientalist-Anglicist Controversy, 1781-1843.
Richmond, Surrey: Curzon.


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