[INDOLOGY] Esther A. Solomon

Eli Franco franco at uni-leipzig.de
Mon Sep 25 12:32:19 UTC 2017

Another minor addition. Her colleagues and students in Ahmedabad are  
now preparing a commemoration volume. Presumably some biographical  
materials will become available there.
She is survived by her nephew (Aviv) and niece (Rina) who keep her  
unpublished papers.
As you probably know, her translation of the Tattvopaplavasimha was  
published posthumously by her student Suchita Mehta.
Best wishes,

Zitat von Royce Wiles via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>:

> 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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