The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate

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Oxford University Press, 2001 M09 6 - 416 pages
Western scholars have argued that Indian civilization was the joint product of an invading Indo-European people--the "Indo-Aryans"--and indigenous non-Indo European peoples. Although Indian scholars reject this European reconstruction of their country's history, Western scholarship gives little heed to their argument. In this book, Edwin Bryant explores the nature and origins of this fascinating debate.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Europe and the Aryan Homeland Quest
Early Indian Responses
Vedic Philology
Linguistic Substrata in Sanskrit Texts
Linguistic Evidence from outside of India
The Viability of a South Asian Homeland
The Indus Valley Civilization
The Evidence inside
The Date of the Veda
Aryan Origins and Modern Nationalist Discourse
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Copyright

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