Some Early Authorities Cited by Tajika Authors

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In comparison with the spread of Perso-Arabic astrological traditions into medieval Europe, the Indian reception of the same knowledge systems, known in Sanskrit as tajika-'sastra, has received little scholarly attention.. e present article attempts to shed some light on the history of the transmission of tajika-'sastra by examining the statements of Sanskrit authors about their earliest non-Indian sources. In particular, the identities of five traditionally cited authorities-Yavana, Khindhi, Hillaja, Khattakhutta and Romaka-are discussed on the basis of text-internal, historical and linguistic evidence.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


  • tajika, astrology, jyotisa, jyotihsastra, Hayanaratna, Samarasimha
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-319
JournalIndo-Iranian Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)