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 manuscript?”

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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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