[INDOLOGY] Esther A. Solomon

Olivelle, J P jpo at austin.utexas.edu
Mon Sep 25 11:52:19 UTC 2017

Dear Matthew:

This is not going to be something important, but I remember visiting Ahmedabad in 1975 with my wife, Suman. We visited the B.J. Institute and met with the Professor of Sanskrit Esther Solomon. Only after I visited and met her did I learn that she was an Indian Jew. She was so hospitable and kind to a young unknown scholar from the US. If not for the name, I would never have suspected that she was a Jew — wore a Gujarati saree and very much a Gujarati lady culturally. With best wishes,


On Sep 25, 2017, at 5:44 AM, Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:

Dear friends,

As I read through Esther Solomon's dissertation, Avidyā—A Problem of Truth and Reality,
which was kindly made available to me in pdf by members of this list, I have wanted to learn
more of Solomon herself, but have not so far found reference to a biography or even a
necrology. What I have been able to learn, in essence, is that she was a member of the small
Ahmedabadi Jewish community, for which she is a source of pride owing to her accomplishments
as a Sanskrit scholar. But, besides elements of her bibliography, that's about all I've been able
to come up with.

Might any of you know of a source that provides a sketch of her life and career? She certainly merits
a few paragraphs in the annals of twentieth-century Indology.

thanks in advance,

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago
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