By Will Sweetman, R. Ilakkuvan
The Bibliotheca Malabarica is an annotated catalogue of Tamil manuscripts accumulated via the missionary Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg in the course of his first years in India (1706–1708). The 3rd part of this catalogue, which include 119 entries protecting works of Hindu and Jaina provenance, presents a desirable perception into Tamil literary works in huge movement at the eve of colonialism. The advent assesses the nature of Ziegenbalg’s library within the context of the resources from which he bought manuscripts. Will Sweetman’s translation is then augmented via annotations which determine the works and touch upon Ziegenbalg’s view of them. It identifies for the 1st time one textual content — the Tirikāla cakkaram — which was once formative for Ziegenbalg’s view of Hinduism from his earliest letters from India to his magnum opus, the Genealogia der malabarischen Götter (1713). A concluding bankruptcy considers different Tamil works pointed out in Ziegenbalg’s writings after 1708.
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See also D. Senthil Babu, “Memory and Mathematics in the Tamil Tiṇṇai Schools of South India in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries”, International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education , no. (): –, Bhavani Raman, “Disciplining the Senses, Schooling the Mind: Inhabiting Virtue in the Tamil Tiṇṇai School”, in Ethical life in South Asia, ed. Anand Pandian and Daud Ali (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, ), –, Sascha Ebeling, Colonizing the Realm of Words: e Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India (Albany: State University of New York Press, ), –.
Omont, Missions archéologiques françaises en Orient aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles (Imprimerie nationale: Paris, ), –. ⁶⁸ See, for example, the Relation des erreurs qui se trouvent dans la religion des gentils malabars de la Coste Coromandelle. is work—which has been variously attributed to Roberto de Nobili, João de Brito, and Jean Venant Bouchet—opens, much like Ziegenbalg’s Genealogia, with a discussion of Hindu conceptions of the divine. , Twee oude Fransche verhandelingen over het hindoeïsme, Verhandelingen der Kon.
Kgl. Saml. ), restructures the catalogue, placing “the late Ziegenbalg’s recension of his Malabarian-heathen books” ﬁrst. e sections listing “Moorish or Mohamedan books” and “Malabarian Roman books” follow. ere are now thirteen Muslim works and twenty-nine Roman Catholic, but the greatest increase is in the fourth section, listing works produced by the Tranquebar missionaries themselves. ” Indes”, Tome premier, in Dissertations historiques sur divers sujets (Rotterdam: Chez Reinier Leers, ).
Bibliotheca Malabarica: Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg's Tamil Library by Will Sweetman, R. Ilakkuvan