Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East

Friedrich Max Muller and the Sacred Books of the East

by Arie L. Molendijk


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This volume offers a critical analysis of one the most ambitious editorial projects of late Victorian Britain: the edition of the fifty substantial volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879-1910). The series was edited and conceptualized by Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a world-famous
German-born philologist, orientalist, and religious scholar. Muller and his influential Oxford colleagues secured financial support from the India Office of the British Empire and from Oxford University Press. Arie L. Molendijk documents how the series has become a landmark in the development of the humanities-especially the study of religion and language-in the second half of the nineteenth century. The edition also contributed significantly to the Western perception of the "religious" or even "mystic" East, which was textually represented in English translations. The series was a token of the rise of 'big science' and textualized the East, by selecting their 'sacred books' and bringing them under the power of western scholarship.

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ISBN-13: 9780198784234
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Arie L. Molendijk is Professor of History of Christianity and Philosophy at the University of Groningen. He studied Theology, Philosophy, and Drama at the University of Leiden. Molendijk has extensively published in the history of ideas, in particular Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Theology,
Religious studies, and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. The Right Honourable Max Muller
2. The Making of a Series
3. Concepts & Ideas
4. Methods
5. Religion of Humanity
6. Intellectual Impact

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