By Arie L. Molendijk
This quantity deals a severe research of 1 the main bold editorial tasks of overdue Victorian Britain: the variation of the fifty massive volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879-1910). The sequence was once edited and conceptualized by way of Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a world-famous German-born philologist, orientalist, and non secular pupil. Muller and his influential Oxford colleagues secured monetary help from the India place of work of the British Empire and from Oxford collage Press. Arie L. Molendijk records how the sequence has develop into a landmark within the improvement of the humanities-especially the examine of faith and language-in the second one 1/2 the 19th century. The variation additionally contributed considerably to the Western conception of the "religious" or maybe "mystic" East, which used to be textually represented in English translations. The sequence used to be a token of the increase of 'big technology' and textualized the East, via deciding upon their 'sacred books' and bringing them less than the facility of western scholarship.
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36 Marc Schalenberg, Humboldt auf Reisen? Die Rezeption des ‘deutschen Universitätsmodells’ in den französischen und britischen Reformdiskursen (1810–1870), Basel: Schwabe, 2002, pp. 264–9. 37 K. A. Manley, ‘Max Müller and the Bodleian Sub-Librarianship, 1865’, Library History 5 (1979) 33–47, who quotes S. C. Malan’s letter to the librarian Coxe, 13 November 1865, ‘I am sorry to see you are going to have a resident German in the Bodleian . . poor Oxford becomes more & more Yankee-like, & less English .
372; cf. , Müller to Renan, 17 November 1861: ‘calumnious falsehood and vulgar electioneering tactics caused the result, and deprived me of the one sphere where I might have worked with all my heart and soul. ’ OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 20/6/2016, SPi The Right Honourable Max Müller 21 On November 26  Max and his future wife met for the ﬁrst time at her father’s house. Mr. Froude, her uncle by marriage, had often spoken of his clever young German friend, and his brother-in-law asked him to bring Max Müller for a Saturday to Monday visit.
Haight, vol. IV (1862–8), New Haven and London, 1955, pp. ; [George Eliot], George Eliot’s Notebooks. A transcription, edited by John Clark Pratt and Victor A. : University of California Press, 1979, with many references to Müller. 34 Müller, Lectures on the Science of Language, vol. I, p. ’ OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 20/6/2016, SPi 18 Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East in Comparative Philology, including a raise of pay from £500 to £600. In his inaugural address ‘On the Value of Comparative Philology as a Branch of Academic Study’, held on 27 October 1868, Müller introduced the new ﬁeld, pointing to the fundamental importance of Sanskrit for the comparative study of languages.