[INDOLOGY] Esther A. Solomon

Royce Wiles royce.wiles at gmail.com
Mon Sep 25 12:12:56 UTC 2017

A minor addition: in the 1990s, while I was reading Prakrit texts with AM Ghatage in the office of the Prakrit Dictionary Project (Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune), I noticed that some of the rare Prakrit text editions being used for the dictionary research had previously belonged to Esther Solomon (there were inscriptions in the front of some items). So at least some volumes from her library made its way into that collection.

> On 25 Sep 2017, at 21:52, Olivelle, J P via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> 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,
> Patrick
>> 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
>> Matthew Kapstein
>> Directeur d'études, 
>> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
>> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
>> The University of Chicago
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