What is Indology? Professor Hiroshi Marui Gets 3rd ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award (Download PDF)


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Professor Hiroshi Marui of Japan won the third Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist Award for year 2017. Dravidology is separate branch dedicated to the Dravidian languages of South India.

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About Professor Hiroshi Marui

  • Professor Marui has spent over 40 years working on Indian philosophy and Buddhist Studies. His has many acclaimed publications and research papers to his credit, which are considered as final authority on several subjects world.
  • He is President of Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies and has made significant contribution to Indology in Japan.

What is Indology?

  • Indology or South Asian studies is the study of the history and cultures, languages, and literature of India and as such is a subset of Asian studies.

  • Indology includes the study of Sanskrit literature and Hinduism along with the other Indian religions, Jainism, Buddhism and Pāli literature, and Sikhism.

  • Classical Indology is more focused on Sanskrit and other ancient language sources while modern Indology is focused on contemporary India, its politics and sociology.

  • Indology by outsiders dates back to Megasthenes (ca. 350–290 BC), a Greek ambassador of the Seleucids and the Chandragupta (ruled 322 - 298 BC), and founder of the Mauryan Empire.

  • Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī (973–1048) in Tarikh Al-Hind (Researches on India) record political and military history of India covering cultural, scientific, social and religious history in detail

About Distinguished ICCR Indologist Award

  • Annual ICCR Distinguished Indologist Award is instituted by ICCR.

  • Carries prize amount of US $20000.

  • Bestowed upon eminent Indologists working abroad making significant contribution to study, research, teaching of India’s history, philosophy, thought, art, culture, literature, languages, civilization, society etc.

  • First award was bestowed to Prof. Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron of Germany in 2015.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 16, 2017


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