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Author Name    Thomas R. Trautmann (ed.)

Title   The Aryan Debate

Binding   Paperback

Book Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Size   15 Cms x 23 Cms

Publisher   New Delhi, India Oxford University Press 2010

ISBN    0195692004 / 9780195692006

Seller ID   021546

Did the Sanskrit-speaking Aryans enter India from Iran or Central Asia, or were they indigenous to India and authors of the Indus Civilization? This question is central to the debate that has informed Indian history writing, and has been strongly contested in public discussions for over a decade. This volume brings together a selection of significant writings since the eighteenth century to illustrate the historical development of the Aryan debate. In a lucid introduction, Trautmann examines three groundbreaking discoveries that led to the debate: the discovery of the Indo-European language family, and the discovery of the Indus Civilization. He has also classified the readings included in this volume along two basic issues-- the relation of the Aryans or Indo-Europeans to the Dravidians, and the relation of the Veda to the Indus Civilization. This selection includes writings by William Jones, who was among the first to articulate the idea of the Indo-European language family, an d by well-known archaeologists, historians, and modern interrogators such as Romila Thapar, Shereen Ratnagar, M B Emeneau, M A Mehendale, and Trautmann himself. Trautmann describes the opposing interpretations in their political context, demonstrating clearly why the Aryan debate is so highly charged and contentious. The collection highlights the successful conjunction of archaeology, historiography, and philology in what forms one of the most controversial issues in the Indian public domain. This book is important for teachers and students of ancient Indian history, archaeology, linguistics, and sociology. Due to the prominence of this debate in the public sphere, the volume will also interest journalists, anthropologists, and the informed general audience. Printed Pages: 333.

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