Ex Oriente Lux et Veritas
Yale, Salisbury and Early Orientalism
Edited by Karen Polinger Foster
The essays in this book place Salisbury in the context of 19th-century Orientalism, with particular attention to the interconnected growth of Assyriology in Northern Europe and the U.S. Hitherto unheralded, Salisbury emerges as a founding figure in the development of ancient Near Eastern, Arabic, and Sanskrit studies, as well as in the rise of the American liberal arts university.
Edward Elbridge Salisbury (1814-1901) graduated from Yale University in 1832 and was appointed Professor of Arabic and Sanskrit there in 1841. His remained the only University Chair of Sanskrit in America till 1854, when a separate ‘Professorship of Sanskrit and kindred languages’ was created, also at Yale. Salisbury also served as the President of the American Oriental Society, and was elected as a member of the Asiatic Society of Paris, Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding member of the German Oriental Society.
This book presents expanded versions of the papers delivered at a symposium held during the 175th anniversary celebration of Yale's 1841 appointment of Edward Elbridge Salisbury as America's first Professor of Arabic and Sanskrit.
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Salisbury and Yale (Karen Polinger Foster)
Orientalism's Lonely Years: The Case of Edward Salisbury (Suzanne Marchand)
Edward Salisbury and A. I. Silvestre de Sacy (Benjamin R. Foster)
Assyriological Peripheries: Early Mesopotamian Studies in Scandinavia (Gojko Barmamovic)
Between Microphilology, Academic Politics, and the Aryan Jesus: Paul Haupt, Hermann Hilprecht, and the Birth of American Assyriology (Eckart Frahm)
Appendix I: Salisbury's Letter of Appointment
Appendix II: Salisbury's Seals, 160 Years Later: Two Neo-Assyrian Cylinders from AOS to YBC (Agnete Wisti Lassen)
Notes on Contributors
Karen Polinger Foster is Lecturer of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations, and History of Art at Yale