Re: [INDOLOGY] Thieme on Īśopaniṣad

Jeffery Long dharmaprof108 at
Sat Jul 25 01:50:25 UTC 2020

Dear Madhav,

I seem to recall that Patrick Olivelle discusses the relative chronology of the principal Upaniṣads in the introduction to his translation of them, published by Oxford University Press.

All the best,

Dr. Jeffery D. Long
Professor of Religion and Asian Studies
Elizabethtown College
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> On Jul 24, 2020, at 9:42 PM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <indology at> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
>      I have been rereading Professor Paul Thieme's article on the Īśopaniṣad published in the JAOS.  In one of his discussions, he seems to claim that the Chāndogya-Upaniṣad is older than the Īśa.  Here is that passage:
> What is a good modern discussion about the relative chronology of the "older" Upaniṣads?  Has anyone discussed Thieme's views?  With best regards,
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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