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Indology, meaning scholarly research into South Asian culture using primarily the historical-critical methods of philology, came into existence in the late-18th or early 19th century. Europeans had been aware of India since antiquity, and the stories that circulated as a result of early modern voyages of discovery and resultant travelogues developed into “Indian lore.” Th…

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Sengupta, Indra, “Indology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021345>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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