Professor Christopher Minkowski
Boden Professor of Sanskrit
Faculty / College Address:
- Vedic language, literature and religion
- Sanskrit Epic
- Early Modern Intellectual History and History of Science
- Sanskrit Knowledge Systems on the Eve of colonialism
- Comparative History of Philology in Early Modern Asia
- Oxford Early Modern South Asia Project
- Sanskrit and Vedic language and texts
- South Asian intellectual traditions
- History of Sanskrit and of the study of Sanskrit
- History of early South Asia
- ‘The Aśvistuti and the Enigma of the Mahābhārata’, in Silvia D’Intino and Caterina Guenzi, eds. Aux Abords de la Clarière: Ètudes indiennes et comparées en l’honneur de Charles Malamoud (Paris: Brépols, 2012) 79-92.
- “The Ṛtuvarṇana Chapter of Jñānarāja's Siddhāntasundara: Text, Translation, and Notes,” Gaṇita Bhāratī, 33.1-2 (2011) pp. 53-87. With Toke Knudsen.
- “Seasonal Poetry as Science: Ṛtuvarṇana in Some Astronomy Treatises”, Gaṇita Bhāratī, 33.1-2 (2011) pp. 89-93.
- “Advaita Vedānta in Early Modern History”. In Religious Cultures in Early Modern India: New Perspectives, ed. Rosalind O’Hanlon and David Washbrook. Special Volume of South Asian History and Culture 2.2 (2011) 205-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19472498.2011.553493
- “Where the Black Antelope Roam: Dharma and Human Geography in India,” in eds. Kurt A. Raaflaub and Richard Talbert, Geography, Ethnography, and Perceptions of the World in Ancient Civilizations, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010) 9-31.
- “Sanskrit Scientific Libraries and their Uses: Examples and Problems of the Early Modern Period,” in eds. F. Bretelle, C. Proust, Looking at it from Asia: The Processes that shaped the sources of the History of Science. Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science 206 (2010) 81-114.
- “Nīlakaṇṭha’s Mahābhārata,” Seminar 608 (2010) 32-38.
- “I’ll Wash Out Your Mouth With My Boot: A Guide to Philological Argument in Early Modern Banaras,” in ed. Sheldon Pollock, Epic and Argument in Sanskrit Literary History: Essays in Honor of Robert P. Goldman. (Delhi: Manhar, 2010) 117-41.
- Meanings Numerous and Numerical: Nīlakaṇṭha and Magic Squares in the Ṛgveda," in L. Kulikov and M. Rusanov eds, Indologica T. Ya. Elizarenkova Memorial Volume (Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities, 2008) 315-28.
- "Nīlakaṇṭha and His Historical Context," Vostok (Oriens - Moscow Academy of Sciences) 2008, No. 4: 37-49.
- The Study of Jyotiḥśāstra and the Uses of Philosophy of Science," Journal of Indian Philosophy, 36 (2008) 587-97.
- “Why Should We Read the Maṅgala Verses?” in ed. W. Slaje, The Śāstrārambha: Inquiries into the Preamble in Sanskrit Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 62 (2008) 1-24.
- “What Makes People Who They Are? Pandit Networks and the Problem of Livelihoods in Early Modern Western India,” Indian Economic and Social History Review, 45.3 (2008) 381-416. (With Polly O’Hanlon) http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/001946460804500303
- On the Success of Nīlakantha's Mahābhārata Commentary," in ed. Fr Squarcini, Boundaries, Dynamics and Construction of Traditions in South Asia, (Florence: Firenze University Press, 2005) 225-52.
- "Nīlakantha's Vedic Readings in the Harivamśa Commentary", in ed. Petteri Koskikallio, Epic, Khilas, and Purānas: Continuities and Ruptures. Proceedings of the Third Dubrovnik Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Purānas, September 2002. (Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2005) 411-33.
- "Nîlakantha's Instruments of War: Modern, Vernacular, Barbarous," Indian Economic and social History Review,41 (2004) 365-85.
- "A Nineteenth Century Sanskrit Treatise on the Revolution of the Earth: Govinda Deva's Bhūmibhramana," SCIAMUS 5 (2004) 199-224.
- "On Sūryadāsa and the Invention of Bi-directional Poetry (vilomakāyva)," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 124.2 (2004) 325-33.
- "Competing Cosmologies in Early Modern Indian Astronomy," in eds Charles Burnett, Jan Hogendijk, and Kim Plofker, Ketuprakāśa: studies in the history of the exact sciences in honor of David Pingree (Leiden: Brill, 2004) 349-85.
- "The Vedastuti and Vedic Studies: Nīlakantha on Bhāgavata Purāna X.87," in eds A. Griffiths and J. E. M. Houben, The Vedas: Texts, Languages & Ritual. Proceedings of the Third International Vedic Studies Workshop, (Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2004) 125-42.