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The ideographic fallacy holds that Chinese characters are “ideographs” (also called ideograms) that express ideas independent of spoken language. The idea originated among early modern Europeans, spread to Japan, and then to China. Sustained by cultural politics east and west, it retains a powerful


PAUL DUNDAS JAIN PERCEPTIONS OF ISLAM IN THE EARLY MODERN PERIOD The vigorous scholarly response to the version of the South Asian past which has been produced in the last decade or so to serve the political purposes of various Hindu nationalist organisations has proved to be one of those

Comptes rendus

ALLETON Viviane (2008). L'écriture chinoise. Le défi de la modernité. Paris : Albin Michel. 239 p. ISBN 978-2-226-17918-0. (Bibliothèque Idées).

Wolfgang BEHR

). Ideographia. The Chinese cipher in Early Modern Europe. Stanford : Stanford University Press. RAWSKI Evelyn S. (1979). Education and popular literacy in Ch'ing China. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press


Edited by Benjamin A. Elman

The authors consider new views of the classical versus vernacular dichotomy that are especially central to the new historiography of China and East Asian languages. Based on recent debates initiated by Sheldon Pollock’s findings for South Asia, we examine alternative frameworks for understanding East Asian languages between 1000 and 1919. Using new sources, making new connections, and re-examining old assumptions, we have asked whether and why East and SE Asian languages (e.g., Chinese, Manchu, Mongolian, Jurchen, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese) should be analysed in light of a Eurocentric dichotomy of Latin versus vernaculars. This discussion has encouraged us to explore whether European modernity is an appropriate standard at all for East Asia. Individually and collectively, we have sought to establish linkages between societies without making a priori assumptions about the countries’ internal structures or the genealogy of their connections.
Contributors include: Benjamin Elman; Peter Kornicki; John Phan; Wei Shang; Haruo Shirane; Mårten Söderblom Saarela; Daniel Trambaiolo; Atsuko Ueda; Sixiang Wang.


English, Early Modern English, etc., because the English language has been subject to the usual processes of diachronic linguistic change. But since the grammar of Sanskrit was kept artificially constant over millennia, the “history” of post-P an . inian Sanskrit is one of style and genre, rather than

.M. Houben, ‘Cakrap ¯ a ˙ ni-D ¯ asa’s Abhinavacint ¯ ama ˙ ni : early modern or post-classical ¯ Ayur- veda?’, pp. –; $omas J. Zumbroich, ‘$e origin and diffusion of betel chewing: a synthesis of evidence from South Asia, Southeast Asia and beyond’, pp. –; Tsutomu Yamashita & P. Ram Manohar

Jan E.M. Houben

Second International Symposia, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 5402, ed. by G. Huet and A. Kulkarni: 266–277. Berlin: Springer Verlag. Houben, Jan E.M. 2008. “Cakrapāṇi-Dāsa’s Abhinavacintāmaṇi: early modern or post-classical Āyurveda?” e-Journal of Indian Medicine , 1 (2007–2008): 63

Herbert H. Paper

dialektisch nachweisbare Abstract-suffix -ist in mrnst 'das Bleiben' ... ' The most recent discussion of these forms is found in the excellent comprehensive grammar of early modern Persian by Gilbert Lazard, La langue des plus anciens monuments de la prose persane (Paris, Librairie C. Klincksieck, 1963).2 The

--150; 'Bibliography of Foreign-language Articles on Japanese Buddhism 1960 to 1987', pp. 151--212. Articles in Japanese: ISHIBASHI Gishfi, 'The Research History and Problems of the Japanese Buddhist Monks -- with emphasis on ancient and middle ages', pp. 13-- 22; SAGAE Natsufumi, 'Social Work in Early Modern Otani

- bourg. 50(4), 2007, 341–367. Dumézil, Georges, La transposition des dieux souverains mineurs en héros dans le Mah¯abh¯arata. 3(1), 1959, 1–16. Dumézil, Georges, La société scythique avait-elle des classes fonctionnelles? 5(3), 1962, 187–202. Dundas, Paul, Jain perceptions of Islam in the Early Modern