Posted: 21.07.2008
Gentlemen, I have now been three days in your town of Ladnun where I have been invited by the Jain Swetambar Terapanthi Community. I have enjoyed your great hospitality and I gladly avail myself of this opportunity to offer my cordial thanks to all who have come from near distant places to meet me and who have vied with each other to make my stay in Ladnun a very pleasant and successful one. As I am the first...
Posted: 05.04.2008
By Prof. Dr. John Cort
Issue 18 Maurice Bloomfield, The First American Scholar Of Jainism John Cort Analyses The Pioneering Contribution Of A Unique Academic The early study of the Jains took place in Great Britain, Italy, France and especially Germany. British studies were made largely within the context of the imperial rule of India. Authors such as Major James Delemaine, Lieutenant-Colonel William Miles, W. Franklin, H. T...
Posted: 05.12.2007
By Prof. Dr. Willem Bollée
Books: 1970 Kunalajataka. London. 1977 Studien zum Suyagada I. Heidelberg 1980 The padas of the Suttanipata. Reinbek. 1983 Reverse index of the Dhammapada, Suttanipata, Thera- and Therigatha padas with parallels from the Ayaranga, Suyagada, Uttarajjhaya, Dasaveyaliya and Isibhasiyaim. Reinbek. 1988 Studien zum Suyagada II. Heidelberg. 1994 Materials for an Edition and Study of the Pinda- and Oha- Nijjuttis of...
Posted: 18.08.2007
Prof Dr.Colette CAILLAT started with classical studies in Latin and Greek, being particularly interested by grammatical and linguistic aspects. She was then almost naturally led to the study of Sanskrit, which she studied with Prof. Louis Renou (1896-1966), and Prof. Jules Bloch (1880-1953) when he replaced Renou who was in India. Although the main subject was Sanskrit, the tastes and special interests of Jules...
Posted: 16.08.2007
Dr Balbir is currently Professor for Indian Studies (Études indiennes) at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (University of Paris-3), and since the year 2000 also Directeur d'Etudes for Middle-Indian Philology at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris (Section des Sciences historiques et philologiques). As a trained philologist, her main areas of research are Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Theravada Buddhism,...
Posted: 30.07.2007
Hertel's inaugural lecture was on Shvetambara Jain literature from Gujarat. He maintained that Jain narrative literature was of a standard higher than that of the Buddhists. The Jains wrote for a wider audience not limited to the educated as did the Brahmins. They used easier languages like Prakrit, Apabhramsa, Hindi, Gujerati and Rajasthani in the fairy tales, parables, and fables.
Posted: 29.07.2007
Max Mueller is one of the best-known Indologists, partly because of his successful efforts to address the general public. He repeatedly drew attention to the uniqueness of the Veda and awakened interest in Indology among educated people. What he claimed to be the object and aim of philology was certainly his own aim too, "to learn what man is, by learning what man has been."
Posted: 28.07.2007
Wilhelm Geiger studied the Avesta and the culture of ancient Iran. Later, he became interested in Buddhism and the culture of Ceylon. Geiger's contributions were outstanding in both fields. His interests were not confined to philological and historical subjects. He also studied contemporary political problems and contributed articles to daily newspapers.
Posted: 27.07.2007
Heinrich Zimmer Jr. was influenced by the writings of John Woodroff and C.G. Jung in his interpretations of Indian myths and legends. He also studied philosophy and yoga. Heinrich Zimmer was born in Greifswald on 6.12.1890. His father, Heinrich Friedrich Zimmer (1851- 1910) was a professor of Indology and comparative linguistics. Heinrich Zimmer Jr. studied Hebrew literature, German philology and history of art...
Posted: 26.07.2007
Moriz Winternitz was an outstanding scholar who wrote on religion, folk­lore, the epics and Sanskrit literature. He is best remembered for his "His­tory of Indian Literature,“ a work in three volumes, which is considered indispensable for teachers and stu­dents alike. Winternitz was also one of the co-sponsors of a critical edition of the Mahabharata, a project that held his attention throughout...
Posted: 25.07.2007
Richard Pischel was a scholar with profound philological knowledge whose works span the field of Indo­logy from ancient to modern times. He was an authority on Prakrit Grammar.
Posted: 24.07.2007
Ludwig Alsdorf was an authority on Jainism. He travelled extensively in India and promoted a better under­standing of modern India and her problems in Germany.
Posted: 23.07.2007
Otto von Boehtlingk, one of the greatest 19th century Indologists, is best known for the compilation of the monumental St. Petersburg Sanskrit dictionary. He also made Panini accessible to Western scholars. He also has some masterly text editions to his credit. Otto von Boehtlingk published a German Version of Hemacandra's Abhidanacintamani (1848).
Posted: 22.07.2007
Walter Schubring enriched Jainology and Prakrit studies with his vast con­tributions. It was owing to his untiring efforts that the Jain Canon was made known to scholars.
Posted: 20.07.2007
Helmuth von Glasenapp was a versatile scholar who wrote profusely on Indian philosophy, religion and its impact on German philosophy and literature. His books on Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism are excellent introductions for the general reader. He promoted Indological studies in Germany.
Posted: 19.07.2007
Ernst Leumann studied Indo-Euro­pean languages and specialised in Jain literature and Khotanese manuscripts. Ernst Leumann was born on 11.4.1859 in Berg, Switzerland, the son of a clergyman. He took up the study of Indo-European languages in 1877. He studied in Geneva, Zurich and Leipzig, before going to Berlin in 1880. A year later he obtained a doc­torate in Leipzig. The thesis was an edited Jain text...
Posted: 18.07.2007
One of Weber's greatest achievements is that he studied Jain literature and introduced the teachings of this religion to the West. He did not, how­ever, realise that Jainism is a religion in its own right. He mistook it to be an offshoot of Buddhism. G. Buehler had sent Jain manuscripts to Germany and Weber began studying them immediately. The results of these studies were laid down in a treatise Ueber die...
Posted: 17.07.2007
Buehler was the first foreigner to be allowed to examine the library at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. There, he found Jain manuscripts and secular literature. He was very happy to note the great antiquity of his discoveries. These scripts later formed the basis of the work done by A. Weber, H. Jacobi and E. Leumann.
Posted: 29.01.2007
By Prof. Dr. Nalini Balbir
Prof Dr.Colette CAILLAT Dear All, It is my painful duty to inform you that Prof. Dr. Mrs. Colette CAILLAT passed away on Monday 15 January 2007 in Paris, after an illness against which she tried to fight with great courage and dignity during six months. Mme Caillat (born 1921) started with classical studies in Latin and Greek, being particularly interested by grammatical and linguistic aspects. She was then...
Posted: 20.06.2005
Apart from text editions, Jacobi wrote a large number of papers on Jain subjects. Jacobi and his teacher A.Weber were pioneers in Jain studies.He proved that Mahavira and Parshva were historic personalities. He also established thatJainism was not an offshoot of Buddhism as earlier scholars had thought. Jacobi was awarded the titleJaina Darsana Divakar ‘Sun of Jain Doctrine’ by the Jain community.

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