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The Indo-Iranian Journal (IIJ), founded in 1957, is a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the ancient and medieval languages and cultures of South Asia and of pre-Islamic Iran. It publishes articles on Indo-Iranian languages (linguistics and literatures), such as Sanskrit, Avestan, Middle Iranian and Middle & New Indo-Aryan. It publishes specialized research on ancient Iranian religion and the Indian religions, such as the Veda, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism (including Tibetan). The Journal welcomes epigraphical studies as well as general contributions to the understanding of the (pre-modern) history and culture of South Asia. Illustrations are accepted. A substantial part of the Indo-Iranian Journal is reserved for reviews of new research. The Journal predominantly publishes articles in English and occasionally in French and German.

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Author: Kuz'mina
Editor: J. Mallory
Here then is the fruit of Elena Kuz'mina's life-long quest for the Indo-Iranians. Already its predecessor ( Otkuda prishli indoarii?, published in 1994) was considered the most comprehensive analysis of the origins of the Indo-Iranians ever published, but in this new, significantly expanded edition (edited by J.P. Mallory) we find an encyclopaedic account of the Andronovo culture of Eurasia. Taking its evidence from archaeology, linguistics, ethnology, mythology, and physical anthropology pertaining to Indo-Iranian origins and expansions, it comprehensively covers the relationships of this culture with neighboring areas and cultures, and its role in the foundation of the Indo-Iranian peoples.
Author: Rosa Ronzitti

The topic of ‘sleeping’ and ‘dreaming’ in Indo-Iranian languages has been intensively dealt with in the last decades, starting at least from a seminal article by Jamison (1982/1983) handling ‘sleep’ in the Vedic language, with particular reference to the synonimical roots * ses - (Ved. sas

In: Indo-Iranian Journal

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/001972409X12562030836615 Indo-Iranian Journal 52 (2009) 311–329 Sociolinguistic Remarks on the Indo-Iranian *-ka-Suffix: A Marker of Colloquial Register Stephanie W. Jamison UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures e

In: Indo-Iranian Journal
Author: Afshin Marashi

, and instead sought to associate Iranian nationalism’s claim of cultural authenticity to a newly emerging notion of “Indo-Iranian civilization” rooted in the pre-Islamic culture of Zoro- astrianism and Aryanism. Tagore’s visit to Iran was seen as an opportunity for his Iranian hosts to present him to

In: Journal of Persianate Studies
Author: de Vaan

MICHIEL DE VAAN THE INDO-IRANIAN ANIMAL SUFFIX *- A C A - ? (Accepted February 2000) 1. INTRODUCTION The Iranian languages display four animal names which have been formed by means of an Indo-Iranian suffix *- a ca -. The function of the suffix is to create a name for an animal which is larger

In: Indo-Iranian Journal
Author: R. S. P. Beekes

R . S. P. B E E K E S T H E S U B J U N C T I V E E N D I N G S O F I N D O - I R A N I A N 1. The co-existence o f primary and secondary endings in the Indo-Iranian sub- junctive has never been explained satisfactorily. It m a y be useful to give the Vedic endings and to compare them with

In: Indo-Iranian Journal
Author: Almut Hintze

Indo-Iran J (2007) 50: 173–182 DOI 10.1007/s10783-008-9053-6 B O O K R E V I E W Sims-Williams, Nicholas (Ed.): Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples [Proceedings of the British Academy No. 116] Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002, viii + 296 pp., 8 plates, numerous figures. ISBN 0

In: Indo-Iranian Journal
The series Corpus Avesticum is designed to provide a forum for new editions of Avestan texts. It includes works by different authors on the transmission of the Avesta and editions of Avestan texts and their exegesis in Pahlavi and Sanskrit. The editions will be based on a fresh collation of the manuscripts available today and on a critical analysis of the manuscript tradition. Editions would vary according to the focus individual authors have chosen for their work.
The series comprises three types of works. The first type would be editions of the ritual Avesta. They provide the Avestan text of complete rituals together with a text-critical apparatus. The second type comprises editions of the Avestan, Pahlavi or Sanskrit versions of a text with translation, commentary and dictionary of that particular text. Depending on the size of the text, the edition would be either of a complete text, or of a constituent part of a larger text (such as, for example, part of the Yasna). The third type comprises analyses of the history and dependencies of the manuscripts.
The Skandapurāṇa Project
Editor: Hans Bakker
The Skandapurāṇa offers an unprecedented glimpse into the development of Śiva worship and his mythology. This Sanskrit Purāṇa, long considered lost, was known only obliquely from testimonia in digests of Brahminical customs and social regulations. Transmitted to us in several palm leaf manuscripts from Nepal—including the oldest known dated Purāṇa manuscript (810 CE)—as well as paper manuscripts from North India, now at last this seminal text for the understanding of Indian religious traditions is made available in the superb and definitive critical text edition of the Skandapurāṇa Project.
The edition allows far-reaching new insights into the geographical expansion of the earliest community of Śiva devotees called the ‘Pāśupatas’ (the name derived from one of Śiva’s many epithets, Paśupati, ‘Lord of Creatures’) amidst the development of other religious communities in early India, and especially, the cultivation of somatic and mental techniques ( yoga), the salvific potential of pilgrimage to Śiva’s many shrines, as well as the worship of his iconic emblem ( liṅga), all of which practices were to become definitive features of the devotional repertoire of medieval—and today's—Śiva worshippers. The Skandapurāṇa is also a vital source for the history of the mythology of Viṣṇu and the Goddess.
Firmly grounded in the scholarly methods that are the hallmark of classical Indology—philology, textual criticism, and the meticulous study of manuscript sources—the Skandapurāṇa Critical Text Edition comes with an annotated English synopsis of this important, rich, but also entertaining text.

‘The Skandapurāṇa, dating in all probability from the seventh century and preserved in manuscript evidence from Nepal that postdates its creation by no more than about two centuries, provides a uniquely clear window into the world of lay Śaiva devotion and its supporting mythologies during the seminal period when the Śaiva ascetic orders were moving with the support of the laity to the centre of Indian religion. The project to produce a critical edition and analysis of the whole of this rich and lucid text is among the most important in current Indological research. The volumes published so far are of very high quality both in the scholarship of their authors and the interest of their contents. The completion of the project will be a major landmark in Indological research.’
Alexis Sanderson