Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 18:18:04 UTC 2017

On the more general question of the transmission of Sanskrit knowledge to
Baghdad in the eighth century, I consider van Bladel's 2011 study to be a
breakthrough in understanding several key issues about this historical

van Bladel, Kevin Thomas. 2011. ‘The Bactrian Background of the Barmakids’,
in *Islam and Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes*, Islam and Tibet:
Interactions along the Musk Routes, ed. by Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett,
and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Farnham: Ashgate), pp. 43–88

In particular, van Bladel establishes that the patriarch of the "Pramukha"
family of the Navavihāra in Balkh (who became the "Barmacids" in Baghdad)
was a Bactrian-speaker who was educated in śāstric Sanskrit in Kashmir.

My recent paper "From Balkh to Baghdad"

Wujastyk, Dominik. 2016. ‘From Balkh to Baghdad. Indian Science and the
Birth of the Islamic Golden Age in the Eighth Century’, *Indian Journal of
the History of Science*, Indian Journal of the History of Science, 51.4:
679–90 <https://doi.org/10.16943/ijhs/2016/v51/i4/41244>

available at academia.edu, discusses some of these transmissions.

It may be that we should be looking specifically into Bactrian literary
remains for materials on the Buddha that might have become available in
Baghdad through the transmissions under Khalid al-Barmaki and his


Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>

Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity

Department of History and Classics <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
University of Alberta, Canada

South Asia at the U of A:


On 1 March 2017 at 10:11, Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> ...early centuries CE
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