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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Sheldon Pollock (Project Director: September 2000 to September 2006)
Sanskrit Knowledge Systems in the Eve of Colonialism

To support the collection and analysis of a body of Sanskrit texts leading to a website with relevant data and to a book on the structure and social context of the rich period of Sanskrit knowledge from 1550 to 1750.

This project investigates the structure and social context of Sanskrit learning from 1550 to 1750. Eight scholars will inventory, collect, and analyze texts in selected disciplines from four regional complexes. Social-historical data on intellectuals will be collected in a prosopographical archive. The outcome will be a volume of essays, the first of its kind, that examines the discourse of Sanskrit systematic thought, its social life, and regional character on the eve of colonial modernity. The project will contribute to comparative histories of Indo-Persian and Indian vernacular scholarship, and, even more broadly, of early-modern Asian and European thought.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; South Asian History

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2001 – 6/30/2005