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Dominik Wujastyk, DPhil, MA, BSc

Professor & Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Arts

History and Classics

About Me

Degrees
  • DPhil (Sanskrit linguistics) Oxford University, 1982
  • MA (Sanskrit and Pali) Oxford University, 1978
  • BSc (Physics) Imperial College, London, 1974

Interests

  • History and culture of pre-modern India
  • Sanskrit language and literature
  • Indian knowledge systems: āyurveda (medicine), yoga, vyākaraṇa (linguistics), manuscript studies, Indian textual criticism and editorial technique, 
  • History of science in South Asia

Editorial work

In addition to serving on several editorial boards, I am a founding editor of two book series,

and the founding editor of the journal


Research

In Asian Studies, my early training was in the Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit languages, and my first research project was on formal rule-conflicts in Indian linguistics (the generative Sanskrit grammar by Panini). Later, I moved to teach and research in the history of medicine in India and South Asia, and this has remained an active research area for me. Over the last five years, I have begun to research the history of classical Yoga in India, and that has immediately connected with aspects of early Indian Buddhism, out of which Yoga arose.

I am currently working on a book that presents the history of classical Indian medicine through a series of commented translations that illustrate how ideas changed through time. This will be published in a news series from Columbia UP called Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought. Other writing projects include a book on the history of Yoga Asanas, co-authored with Philipp Maas (Vienna), a study of debate and disagreement in the tradition of scholarly Indian medicine, and a work on the intellectual history of traditional Indian physicians in the two centuries preceding colonialism.

If there's a golden thread through my research interests it is the study of source materials in their original languages, mainly Sanskrit and Pali.


Teaching

Fields of Graduate Supervision

  • Ancient Indian history
  • History of medicine and science in India
  • Sanskrit grammatical tradition (व्याकरणम् )
  • History of Indian Buddhism
  • History of Ayurveda
  • History of Yoga

I run a graduate research seminar each semester for reading Sanskrit literature and exploring topics in philology.

Undergraduate

I teach several undergraduate courses annually, including "Introduction to Classical India," "History of Indian Yoga and Meditation," "History of Science in Early India," and "Topics in the History of Medicine: Ayurveda: The Science of Life in Ancient India."