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German Indology

German Indology, a field of inquiry that emerged in nineteenth-century Germany calls itself the “science of Indian antiquity” and “the science of ancient India.” Yet, from the beginning, it was riven by colonial, supersessionist, racial, and religious prejudices. In this course, we shall explore the origins of Indology from the Romantic interest in India to its institutionalization and the intellectual and social contexts that shaped its ideas of science, method, professionalization, and scholarship.

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Course Code: HAM 5401

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

$900.00

German Indology, a field of inquiry that emerged in nineteenth-century Germany calls itself the “science of Indian antiquity” and “the science of ancient India.” Yet, from the beginning, it was riven by colonial, supersessionist, racial, and religious prejudices. In this course, we shall explore the origins of Indology from the Romantic interest in India to its institutionalization and the intellectual and social contexts that shaped its ideas of science, method, professionalization, and scholarship.

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Students will gain a historical overview of German Indology from its origins to the present. They will read basic source texts for German attitudes towards ancient and modern India, especially the Vedic period, Brahmanism, and Hinduism. They will learn how German nationalism, theories of racial supremacy, the quest for Aryan identity, and Protestantism and Lutheran anti-Semitism shaped the discipline of Indology. German Indology’s role in fostering National Socialism and the treatment of Jewish Indologists will also be discussed. Students will also be expected to read and analyze excerpts from Rammohan Roy, Dayanand Saraswati, Tilak, and Ambedkar in light of their knowledge of Indology.

Areas of Study: History and Methods

Required/ Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Admission into a Program of Study

Instructor: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

 

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