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The Indo-Aryan Controversy
Evidence and Inference in Indian History

ISBN 9780700714636
Published September 22, 2005 by Routledge
536 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

For the first time in a single volume, this book presents the various arguments in the Indo-Aryan controversy. It also provides a template for the basic issues addressing four major areas: archaeological research, linguistic issues, the interpretation of Vedic texts in their historical contexts, and ideological roots. The volume ends with a plea for a return to civility in the debates which have become increasingly, and unproductively, politicized, and suggests a program of research and inquiry upon which scholars from all sides of the debate might embark.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part 1: Archaeology  1. Culture Change During the Late Harappan Period at Harappa: New Insights on Vedic Aryan Issues  2. Aryan Invasion of India: Perpetuation of a Myth  3. South Asian Archaeology and the Myth of Indo-Aryan Invasions  Part 2: Archaeology and Linguistics  4. The Cultural Counterparts to Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Uralic and Proto-Aryan: matching the Dispersal and Contact Patterns in the Linguistic and Archaeological Record  5. Archaeology and Language: The Case of the Bronze Age Indo-Iranians  Part 3: Philology and Linguistics  6. The Date of the Rigveda and the Aryan Migration (Fresh Linguistic Evidence)  7. Linguistic Aspects of the Aryan Non-Invasion Theory  8. Philology and the Historical Interpretation of the Vedic Texts  9. Vedic Astronomy and Early Indian Chronology  10. The Textual Evidence: The Rigveda as a Source of Indo-European History  11. Indocentrism: Autochthonous Visions of Ancient India  Part 4: Historiography  12. Aryan Origins: Arguments from 19th Century Maharashtra  13. Aryan Past and Post-Colonial Present: The Polemics and Politics of Indigenous Aryanism.  Concluding Remarks

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Edwin F. Bryant graduated from Columbia University in 1997, where he taught Sanskrit and Hindi. He was the lecturer in Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently assistant professor in Hinduism at Rutgers University, New Jersey. His publications include books on The Indo-Aryan Invasion Debate and Hinduism.
Laurie L. Patton is Professor of Early Indian Religions at Emory University and Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities. She is the author of two books and twenty five articles on early Indian myth and poetry, as well as a book of poetry and a translation of the Bhagavad Gita.


'In her excellent introduction, coeditor Laurie Patton provides...a summary of the key issues involved in the debate...This monograph is an important step toward reappraising this field of enquiry and generating, as Patton suggests in her introduction, the sort of questions that could lead to rethinking the available evidence and structuring new field research.' - Traditional Yoga Studies