[INDOLOGY] Gerard Fussman

Stefan Baums baums at lmu.de
Sun May 22 19:14:05 UTC 2022

Dear Rich,

thank you very much for this tribute to Gérard Fussman, whose
erudition we all continue to prosper from in its published form.

> It was also, I believe, Fussman who originated the expression
> "Greater Gandhara" [...] I have used this term frequently in my
> own publications and have sometimes been credited, incorrectly,
> with having invented it.

I wonder periodically about the first coinage of this term.
Curiously, Fussman himself credited you with its invention, in a
somewhat cryptic statement on p. 130 of his review of our
reliquary book:


   C’était le cœur de ce que R. Salomon propose d’appeler le
   « Greater Gandhāra », expression que je n’utilise pas à cause
   des risques potentiels de confusions, que D. Jongeward
   n’utilise pas non plus, mais qui correspond à une réalité dont
   il ne tient pas compte.

And so, for now at least, the origin of the expression remains
lost in the mists of time.

All best,

Stefan Baums, Ph.D.
Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie
Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität München

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