The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture

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The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate is a book by Edwin Bryant published at Oxford University Press in 2001.

The book is "a historiographical study of how various Indian scholars have rejected this idea of an external origin of the Indo-Aryans by questioning much of the logic, assumptions and methods upon which the theory is based."[1]

Table of contents[edit]

  • Introduction
  • 1. Myths of Origin
  • 2. Early Indian Responses
  • 3. Vedic Philology
  • 4. Indo-European Comparative Linguistics
  • 5. Linguistic Substrata in Sanskrit Texts
  • 6. Linguistic Paleontology
  • 7. Linguistic Evidence from Outside of India
  • 8. The Viability of a South Asian Homeland
  • 9. The Indus Valley Civilization
  • 10. Aryans in the Archaeological Record
  • 11. Aryans in the Archaeological Record
  • 12. The Date of the Veda
  • 13. Aryan Origins and Modern Nationalist Discourse
  • Conclusion

Reception[edit]

J. P. Mallory commented on this book that it:

... systematically exposes the logical weaknesses of most of the arguments that support the consensus of either side. This is not only an important work in the field of Indo-Aryan studies but a long overdue challenge for scholarly fair play.[2]


Reviews[edit]

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Bryant, Edwin (2001), The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate, Oxford University Press 
  • Lopez, Carlos (2002), "The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture (review)", The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Nov., 2002), pp. 1398-1400 
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