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Sixty Years of Sanskrit Studies (1950–2010), Vol. 2

Countries other than India by: Radhavallabh Tripathi

While covering the status of Sanskrit studies in 13 countries across the world and bringing forth the challenges the ancient language faces, the articles by the leading international scholars contained in the book urge for understanding the future of Sanskrit studies in the larger context of human culture and as a cementing force in bringing together diverse cultures and civilizations.

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ISBN: 9788124606308
Year Of Publication: 2012
Edition: 1st
Pages : vii, 312p.
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 600

Overview

With the popularity of Orientalism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, knowledge of Sanskrit in the Western world led to the emergence of new schools and disciplines for study like, comparative mythology, comparative religion and comparative linguistics, etc. The articles presented in this volume examine the state of Sanskrit studies in universities in different countries of the world (volume 1 presents a survey of Sanskrit studies in universities and institutes in the states/union territories of India).
Covering some 13 countries, the articles herein discuss how some departments, related to the study of religions, in countries like the US have incorporated Sanskrit even as some other universities as those in the UK, US and other parts of the world, have Sanskrit as one of the subjects under other departments. They emphasise the fact that it is not possible to view Sanskrit as an autonomous discipline, providing authenticity to various other branches of learning, but that it has to be considered as a part of the larger framework of the global studies. They point to the emergence of new schools and centres for studies of Sanskrit in various countries. At the same time, they also examine the alarming situation arising because of the erosion or marginalisation of Sanskrit across the world, especially as some Sanskrit departments in reputed universities or institutions of higher learning, are being closed one after the other. They urge for understanding the future of Sanskrit studies in the larger context of human culture while underlining the importance of Sanskrit as a cementing force in bringing together diverse civilisations and cultures.

Meet the Author
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Prof. Radhavallabh Tripathi is known for his original contributions to literature as well as for his studies on Natyashastra and Sahityashastra. He has published 162 books, 227 research papers and critical essays. He has received 35 national and international awards and honours for his literary contributions. He has been referred in various research journals on Indology. Research for PhD has been completed as well as is being carried on his creative writings in Sanskrit in a number of universities. Three journals brought out special numbers on his writings. Seven books comprising studies on his creative and critical writings by other authors have been published.
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