Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East

Friedrich Max Müller 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 Müller (1823-1900), a world-famous German-born philologist, orientalist, and religious scholar. Müller 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: 9780191087066
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 07/28/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 570 KB

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. Professor 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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