The 5th Perso-Indica Conference: “Science and Philosophy. Translation, Transmission and Interaction between Persianate and Hindu Traditions” – Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn, 01-02/02/2018
1st-2nd February 2018 – Conference
Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn, Germany
The 5th Perso-Indica Conference. Science and Philosophy: Translation, Transmission and Interaction between Persianate and Hindu Traditions
The Fifth Conference of Perso-Indica looks at the forms of interaction and translation between Persian and Hindu cultures in the scientific and philosophical fields. Persian scientific studies in South Asia acquired important distinctive features compared with the treatises produced in Iran and the rest of the Muslim world during the post-Abbasid period. In the multicultural context of South Asia, where Muslims remained a minority of the population, a number of treatises dealing with Indian scientific materials were written in Persian: Persian language and texts became new means of expression and transmission of Hindu scientific knowledge and practices, allowing them to circulate beyond the networks of Hindu scholars. Persian translations of Sanskrit sources appeared from the Sultanate period, especially from the early 14th century, and the production of these texts lasted until the colonial period. Many of them were compiled by and for the Muslims; however, from the Mughal period onward, Persian scientific texts — dealing with both Hindu and Greco-Arabic materials — were also written by Hindu scholars and for Hindu noblemen. Certain sciences seem to have fulfilled specific demands of the ruling elite: such as astrology, prognostication and the treatises on the horse. Differently, the large amount of Persian texts dealing with Ayurveda and pharmacology chiefly emerged and developed outside the courts. The production of these texts does not seem to have been a homogeneous trend but rather a polycentric phenomenon in which the regional spaces occupied a key role.
Venue: Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Heussallee 18-24, 53113, Bonn
Scientific coordination: Eva Orthmann (Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn) – Fabrizio Speziale (EHESS, Paris).
Contact for information: Ali Balaei Langroudi: firstname.lastname@example.org.