Indian manuscripts

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  • India as a modern nation-state covers the greater part of the South Asian
    peninsula, from the Himalayas in the north to the tip of Cape Comorin,
    about 3000 km to the south. However, as a cultural-historical sphere, other
    modern states such as Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and even
    to some extent Burma, Thailand and Indonesia, share aspects of their manuscript
    heritage with modern India. Countries such as Afghanistan and even
    western China, especially Xinjiang Province, have been important sites of
    “Indian” manuscript discovery, and the Tibetan manuscript tradition was
    strongly influenced by Indian Buddhist models. This is because these surrounding
    geographical areas participated in trade and cultural exchange
    with South Asia from a very early period, and especially because of the
    missionary activities of Buddhist monks. What, then, really defines an “Indian

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    Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International
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    • Wujastyk, Dominik. (2014). Indian manuscripts. In J. Quenzer, D. Bondarev, & J. Sobisch (Eds.), Manuscript cultures: Mapping the field. (pp. 135–57). Berlin: De Gruyter.
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