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Aspects of Manuscript Culture in South India

Rath, Saraju [Hrsg.]:
Aspects of Manuscript Culture in South India / ed. by Saraju Rath. - Leiden [u.a.] : Brill, 2012. - ca. 320 S. : Ill. - (Brill's Indological Library ; 40)
ISBN 978-90-04-21900-7
EUR 128,00 / US$ 176,00
DDC: 091.09548

This volume, the outcome of a seminar organized at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, marks an important advancement in the study of South Indian Sanskrit manuscripts which are predominantly on palm leaf and rarely older than three to four centuries. Nevertheless, they continued a manuscript culture for around two millennia and had a profound impact on traditions of knowledge and culture. After an introductory essay addressing theoretical and historical issues of text transmission in manuscripts and in India’s remarkably strong oral memory culture, it contains twelve contributions dealing with South Indian manuscript collections in India and Europe (mainly of Vedic and Sanskrit texts) and with problems related to the scripts, the dating of manuscripts and India's literary and intellectual history. [Verlagsinformation]

Jan E.M. Houben and Saraju Rath:
Manuscript culture and its impact in "India" : contours and parameters. 1–53
Saraju Rath:
On the Johan van Manen Collection : its origin and background. 55–67
Gerard Colas:
A cultural encounter in the early 18th century : the collection of South Indian manuscripts by the French Jesuit fathers of the Carnatic Mission. 69–80
Anna Aurelia Esposito:
The South Indian drama manuscripts. 81–97
Masato Fujii:
The Jaiminīya Sāmaveda traditions and manuscripts in South India. 99–118
Cezary Galewicz:
Texts and communities : the manuscripts of the lost Yāmalāṣṭakatantra. 119–138
Heike Moser:
From palmleaves to a multimedia databank : a note on the 'Bhāsa-Project'. 139–155
P. Perumal:
The Sanskrit manuscripts in Tamilnadu. 157–172
Kim Plofker:
Indian exact sciences in Sanskrit manuscripts and their colophons. 173–185
Saraju Rath:
Varieties of Grantha script : the date and place of origin of manuscripts. 187–206
Sreeramula Rajeswara Sarma:
From my grandfather's chest of palm leaf books. 207–233
Dominik Wujastyk:
Rāmasubrahmaṇya's manuscripts : intellectual networks in the Kaveri delta, 1693-1922. 235–252
Kenneth G. Zysk:
The use of manuscript catalogues as sources of regional intellectual history in India's early modern period. 253–287


SARAJU RATH, Ph.D. (1991) in Sanskrit Grammar, Pune University, has extensive research experience in Indian manuscripts since 1987. She has been teaching and lecturing on manuscriptology and on the history and development of ancient Indian scripts in India and Europe. IIAS research fellow, Leiden University. IIAS profile.

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Rath: Aspects of Manuscript Culture in South India, 2012