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Alberuni's India

Edited with notes and indices by
Edward Sachau

Alberuni, or Abu Raihan, as known to his contemporaries, was a Central Asian traveller visiting India in around AD 1030. His account of India, called Tahqîq Mâ-lil-Hind, is still valued as a source book by Indophiles in general and the researchers of Indian history in particular. Edited with notes and indices by Edward Sachau, and first published in 1888, this is the only available English translation of the Arabic original.
This volume has two accompanying essays, relevant in the understanding of the time and the context when the text was written, and later when it was translated.
MC Joshi, the former Director General of the Archælogical Survey of India (ASI), in his essay, "Alberuni: An Outstanding Author on Medieval India," examines the nature of Alberuni's scholarship, and the scope of his account of India.
Peter Heine, Professor of Islamic Studies of the non-Arab World and Acting Director, Institute of Asian and African Studies, at the Humboldt University in Berlin, in his essay "The Orientalist of the Kaiser," investigates the intellectual clime of the period when the first translation of Alberuni's India appeared. Edward Sachu, the translator and editor of the Arabic text - and one of Prof. Heine's predecessors at the University - was not only a protagonist of classical Oriental studies in Germany, but also became one of the founding fathers of modern Oriental studies.


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