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Bibliotheca Malabarica

Ziegenbalg, Bartholomäus:
Bibliotheca Malabarica : Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg's Tamil library / an annotated edition and translation by Will Sweetman with R. Ilakkuvan. - Pondicherry : Institut français de Pondichéry ; Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, 2012. - 153 S. - (Collection Indologie ; 119)
ISBN 978-2-85539-127-4
ISBN 978-81-8470-192-0
Rs. 350,00
EUR 17,00
DDC: 016.894811

The Bibliotheca Malabarica is an annotated catalogue of Tamil manuscripts collected by the missionary Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg during his first two years in India (1706–1708). The third section of this catalogue, consisting of 119 entries covering works of Hindu and Jaina provenance, provides a fascinating insight into Tamil literary works in wide circulation on the eve of colonialism. The introduction assesses the character of Ziegenbalg’s library in the context of the sources from which he obtained manuscripts. Will Sweetman’s translation is then augmented by annotations which identify the works and comment on Ziegenbalg’s view of them. It identifies for the first time one text — the Tirikāla cakkaram — which was formative for Ziegenbalg’s view of Hinduism from his earliest letters from India to his magnum opus, the Genealogia der malabarischen Götter (1713). A concluding chapter considers other Tamil works mentioned in Ziegenbalg’s writings after 1708. [Verlagsinformation]


Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg (1682-1719), deutscher Missionar in Südindien. Zur Biographie siehe z.B. Richter, Paul: „Ziegenbalg, Bartholomäus“. In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie 45 (1900), S. 155-159 [Onlinefassung]

Will Sweetman teaches Asian Religions in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago (New Zeland). His research interests centre on interactions between the religions of Asia and the West in the modern period, particularly the study of Hinduism by Christian missionaries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Profile page.
R. Ilakkuvan is a doctoral student in Tamil Studies at Tamilavel Umamaheswarnar Karanthai Arts College (Karanthai Tamil Sangam) in Thanjavur and used to be an affiliated researcher at the EFEO. His research is on the Tolkāppiyam and its commentaries.

Quellen: Institut Français de Pondichéry; Réseau Asie & Pacifique
Bildquellen: Buchumschlag: Institut Français de Pondichéry; Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg: von Michael Gaebler (Eigenes Werk) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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