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Devadattīyam

Johannes Bronkhorst Felicitation Volume

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Edited By François Voegeli, Vincent Eltschinger, Danielle Feller, Maria Piera Candotti, Bogdan Diaconescu and Malhar Kulkarni

Johannes Bronkhorst, professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1987 to 2011, undoubtedly belongs to the most talented and significant indologists of the last three decades. His abundant work testifies to an unparalleled range of interests from early Buddhism to grammar, mathematics to asceticism, philosophy to archaeology, and is characterized by the determination to challenge preconceived ideas, clichés and traditional (mis)constructs.
The present felicitation volume includes thirty-two essays by some of the finest scholars in the field of indology, which reflect Johannes Bronkhorst’s main scholarly contributions: Grammar, Philosophy, Vedic Studies, Buddhism and Jainism, Dharmaśāstra and Arthaśāstra, Epics and Purāṇas. It presents an almost complete spectrum of the intellectual and spiritual pursuits and speculations in Ancient India, and will be of inestimable value to the specialists of all fields of Indology. The volume also includes a presentation of Johannes Bronkhorst’s academic career and contribution to Indian Studies by Jan E.M. Houben, and an ongoing bibliography of his work.

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Acknowledgements First and foremost, our heartfelt thanks go to Johannes Bronkhorst him- self. Without him, none of this would have been possible, and we would ourselves not be what we are today: dhanyāḥ smaḥ, anughītāḥ smaḥ ! The idea to publish this Felicitation Volume occurred independently to many of its editors. After initial concertation, Vincent Eltschinger, François Voegeli and Danielle Feller joined forces with Maria Piera Candotti, Bogdan Diaconescu and Malhar Kulkarni. It soon became ap- parent that we would need wider support, and formed an advisory com- mittee. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of this committee sincerely for their generous support, time and advice over the past few years. Our deepest thanks go to Professor Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz and Professor Angelika Malinar, who have kindly accepted to include this volume in the series “Worlds of South and Inner Asia” they co-edit for Peter Lang. To Peter Lang and their helpful staff, who have accepted to publish this volume in their collection, and who helped us in its delivery. Various institutions have made this publication possible by means of their financial support. Our thanks go to Professor Tom J. F. Tillemans, administrator of the Fonds Elisabet de Boer; the Société Académique Vaudoise; the Fonds du 450ème Anniversaire de l’Université de Lau- sanne; Professor David Bouvier of the Département interfacultaire d’his- toire et sciences des religions of the University of Lausanne. Finally, our sincere gratitude goes to all...

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