Science and Society in the Sanskrit World


Science and Society in the Sanskrit World contains seventeen essays that cover a kaleidoscopic array of classical Sanskrit scientific disciplines, such as the astral sciences, grammar, jurisprudence, theology, and hermeneutics. The volume foregrounds a unifying theme to Christopher Z. Minkowski’s intellectual oeuvre: that scholars’ scientific endeavors are inseparable from the social worlds that shaped those scholars’ lives.
Contributors are: Anne Blackburn, Johannes Bronkhorst, Jonathan Duquette, Robert Goldman, Setsuro Ikeyama, Stephanie Jamison, Takanori Kusuba, John Lowe, Clemency Montelle, Valters Negribs, Rosalind O'Hanlon, Patrick Olivelle, Deven Patel, Kim Plofker, Frederick Smith, Barbora Sojkova, Thomas Trautmann, Elizabeth Tucker, Anand Venkatkrishnan, and Dominik Wujastyk.

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Christopher T. Fleming, D.Phil. (2018), University of Oxford, is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Bowra Junior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford, and Wadham College, University of Oxford, respectively. He has published on Sanskrit Jurisprudence (Dharmaśāstra), the Mahābhārata, and modern Hindu law, including Ownership and Inheritance in Sanskrit Jurisprudence (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Toke L. Knudsen, Ph.D. (2008), Brown University, is Professor of Mathematics at the State University of New York at Oneonta. He has published on astronomy and mathematics in ancient and medieval India, including The Siddhāntasundara of Jñānarāja: An English Translation with Commentary (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
Anuj Misra, Ph.D. (2016), University of Canterbury, is Gerda Henkel Fellow at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research focuses on medieval and early-modern exchanges in Sanskrit astral sciences; in particular, the influence of Islamicate thought in the Sanskrit astronomy of Mughal India.
Vishal Sharma, D.Phil. (2020), University of Oxford, is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the Sanskrit epics, as well as the religious history of premodern South India.
Scholars working within various subfields of Indology, including history of science, cultural history, the astral sciences, linguistics, and Indian medicine.
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