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In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
In: The Turkish Novel and the Quest for Rationality
Author: Maurice Olender

The antique Christian “appropriation” of Hebrew by the Early Church Fathers was succeeded historically by a kind of scholarly appropriation that resulted in the emergence of a “ready-made India” founded on a new discourse about Sanskrit. In a world governed by romanticist visions undergirded with colonial aspirations, in a historical period between a Christianity weakened by Enlightenment philosophers and the advancement of scientistic secularism, certain scholarly fables about a primordial India came to resemble the fables about Hebrew. In this race toward the discovery of human origins, the new “Aryan Bible” required a new language of paradise: Sanskrit. Can one then say that India was appropriated within a scholarly environment that was being pulled between Christianity, secularism and scientism? Since our investigations have allowed us to demonstrate that this hypothesis is plausible, it is necessary to test this hypothesis through the clarification of the historical contexts, intellectual dynamics, and theological and political fields of action in which myth and reason mutually reinforce one another. While underlining the political stakes of the comparative method of anthropology, this article also recalls that not so long ago, knowledge of ancient and modern humanities often bore the mark of racial sciences that influenced all university disciplines from the early 19th century to the late 1940s.

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In: Philological Encounters