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Friedrich Max Müller and the Sacred Books of the East

Arie L. Molendijk


The edition of the fifty massive volumes of the Sacred Books of the East (1879–1910) was one of the most ambitious and daring editorial projects of late Victorian scholarship. The German-born philologist, orientalist, and religious scholar Friedrich Max Müller (1823–1900) persuaded Oxford University Press to embark on this venture. ‘Müller’s grand design’ was supported financially by the India Office of the British empire and Oxford University Press. Müller resigned from his Oxford chair of comparative philology to become the general editor of this megaproject. He engaged an international team ... More

Keywords: sacred books, the East, history of ideas, comparative method, Oxford University Press, Victorian Britain, history of the study of religion and culture, Friedrich Max Müller, orientalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784234
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784234.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arie L. Molendijk, author
Professor of the History of Christianity and Philosophy, University of Groningen