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10 January 2014 - Publication Announcement
Perso-Indica selected for the

Franco-German Program in Social Sciences and Humanities

Perso-Indica has been awarded a funding of 470.000 Euro from the Franco-German Program in Social Sciences and Humanities of the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). The ANR-DFG project is coordinated by Fabrizio Speziale (University Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris) and Eva Orthmann (Friedrich-Wilhelm University, Bonn).

The ANR-DFG award will allow the project to offer full-time post-doctoral positions during the period of the award (October 2014 – September 2017). The call for application for the post-doctoral positions will be announced in 2014 on the Perso-Indica website.

Abstract of ANR-DFG funded project: « Perso-Indica » : the Persanisation of Indian learning (13th-19th centuries)

This project will examine the history of Persian texts on Indian culture and aims at offering a new epistemic vision of the history of contacts between Muslim culture and non-Muslim scholarly traditions. The research has been developed from the hypothesis that the production of Persian texts on Indian culture cannot be reduced to a minor or unrelated series of single efforts. Rather it constituted a process comparable to other major translation movements between different civilizations. Concurrently, the project aims at analysing two additional hypothesis. First, this trend of studies did not only constitute a process of translation, but also of transformation, appropriation and Persianisation of knowledge. Second, the appropriation process was a symmetric activity that allowed Indian scholars to acquire the forms of expression of the Persian culture. To test this hypothesis, the project proposes a new approach to the study of Persian sources by the creation of Perso-Indica, an online academic publication, based on an electronic survey of Persian sources on Indian learning written between the 13th and the 19th centuries. This approach will enable methods of quantitative analyses of Persian text corpora through the creation of tools for processing textual and prosopographic metadata that produce dynamic indexes of the main entities, contexts and forms of expression. As an encyclopaedia of the Persian literature on Indian culture, Perso-Indica intends to become the first major reference work for this field of studies. Its approach will not be merely descriptive, and Perso-Indica aims above all at offering critical analyses of these texts. We will especially pay attention to the methods of translation, ways of understanding the source knowledge, the transmission of the texts and the formation of a bilingual lexicon.