A Plea for Civilized Study and the Study of Civilization

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Certain German scholars’ secular approach to studying Sanskrit in late 18th and early and middle 19th century Europe influenced the establishment of the Wales Professorship of Sanskrit at Harvard. This influence contrasted it with some English scholars’ religious concerns. While these English scholars were attempting to aid in the Christian conversion of the Hindus, those German scholars were leading the academy into comparative philology. The establishing of the Boden Professorship of Sanskrit at Oxford, the German dominion of the Sanskrit teaching professoriate in the Continent, and the German mentorship of early American scholars interested in the study of India attested to this interplay between a German secular approach with, and an English religious concern to the study of Sanskrit.
Last updated on 01/12/2023