Reimagining Asoka: Memory and History

Hardcover | March 12, 2012

EditorPatrick Olivelle, Janice Leoshko, Himanshu Prabha Ray

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This volume explores on the material, social, and ideological aspects of Asoka's reign in light of advances made in archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics. Thematically divided into three parts, the first to pillars and rocks, which bear his inscriptions. The second part examines theinterconnectedness of the edicts, their monumentality, and the different concept of kingship they conveyed. The third part analyses the making of the cultural memory of Asoka and raises pertinent questions crucial for understanding the relationship between the past and the present. The essays outline the importance of Asoka not only for the Indian nation-state but also for the entire Buddhist world of South and South-east Asia. Moving away from conventional periodization of Indian history, it raises important questions on the beginning of history and archaeology in the modernperiod. The book examines the extent to which nineteenth century initiatives have affected the study of Asoka and his reign.This book will be important for scholars and students of ancient Indian history, particularly those concerned with Asoka and the Mauryas. It will also interest archaeologists and scholars of Buddhist studies.

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This volume explores on the material, social, and ideological aspects of Asoka's reign in light of advances made in archaeology, epigraphy, and numismatics. Thematically divided into three parts, the first to pillars and rocks, which bear his inscriptions. The second part examines theinterconnectedness of the edicts, their monumentalit...

Patrick Olivelle is Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin. Previously, he was Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Janice Leoshko is Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History and Associate Director of the Centre for Asian Studies, University o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.18 inPublished:March 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePatrick Olivelle, Janice Leoshko, and Himanshu Prabha Ray: IntroductionProlegomena1. Romila Thapar: Asoka: A Retrospective2. R. K. Norman: The Language of Composition and Transmission of the Asokan InscriptionsPart I: Emergence of Asokan Studies3. Himanshu Prabha Ray: Archaeology and Asoka: Defining the Empire4. Shailendra Bhandare: From Kautilya to Kosambi and Beyond5. Virchand Dharamsey: Bhagwanlal Indraj's Pioneering Contribution to Asokan StudiesPart II: Asoka and his Times6. Patrick Olivelle: Asoka's Inscriptions as Text and Ideology7. Herman Tieken: The Composition of Asoka's Pillar Edict Series8. Oskar von Hinuber: Linguistic Experiments: Language and Identity in Asokan Inscriptions and Early Buddhist Texts9. Harry Falk: The Fate of Asoka's Donations at Lumbini10. Richard Salomon: The Yona Era and the End of the Maurya Dynasty: Is There a Connection?11. Vidhula Jayaswal: Mauryan Pillars of the Middle Ganga Plain in the Light of Archaeological Discoveries of Sarnath-Varanasi and Chunar12. Jean-Francois Salles: Environmental Change in North Bengal: An Opportunity for the Mauryas13. Mark McClish: Is the Arthasastra a Mauryan Document?14. Grant Parker: Asoka the Greek, Converted and TranslatedPart III: Asoka Reimagined15. Janice Leoshko: Asoka and Museums16. John Strong: The Commingling of Gods and Human, the Unveiling of the World, and the Descent from Trayastrimsa Heaven: An Exegetical Exploration of the Connections of Minor Rock Edict I to Buddhist Legendary Literature17. Max Deeg: Asoka: Model Ruler without Name? Literature of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia18. Chongfeng Li: On the Asoka-type Buddha Images Found in China19. Bhagavan Josh: Asoka: Historical Discourse and the Post-colonial Indian StateNotes on Contributors