May be our related field "Sinology" can also provide clues, and may be Sinologists have better dates (as usual) for their own field. I found this in Merriam-Webster.



 noun, often capitalized \sī-ˈnä-lə-jē, sə-\

Definition of SINOLOGY

:  the study of the Chinese and especially their language, literature, history, and culture
— si·no·log·i·cal  adjective often capitalized
— si·nol·o·gist  noun often capitalized

Origin of SINOLOGY

probably from French sinologie, from sino- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: circa 1882

On Aug 21, 2014, at 9:08 PM, Rosane Rocher <> wrote:

Dear all,

I wish I knew.  Please keep me copied if anyone knows.  The term is clearly linked to the professionalization of the discipline in the early 19th century (barring an early-bird neologism in the 18th).  This most likely takes us to Germany or France.  The OED notes the first occurrence of "Indology" very late, in 1888, and tellingly, in a Trübner catalog.  The first use I can recall offhand, and then of the related term "Indologen," occurs in a letter Christan Lassen sent A. W. v. Schlegel from Paris on 10 June 1825: "Von den Indologen ist mir nur Herr Burnouf zu Gesicht gekommen," in which he used the term in the flat tones of a well-worn word.  Might we engage in a collective game of "beat that date," and see how far back we might reach?

In a related question, I wonder how accepted Indology/Indologie and related terms are accepted in common parlance in different languages.  In spite of the OED's listing, my spellcheck consistently flags "Indology" and related terms as faulty.  I also recall the concern a British well-wisher expressed at the prospect of a (now published) book going by the title "The Making of Western Indology," since "Indology is not a word."  We explained that it was the name of our discipline, and I remember pointing out that it was also the name of our professional listserv.  Our friend was too polite to insist, but I am afraid that it convinced him right there and then that our book was not intended for the general public!

Best wishes,
Rosane Rocher
Professor Emerita of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania        

On 8/21/14 11:28 AM, Michaels, Axel wrote:
Dear all,
does anybody know when the term "Indology/Indologie" denoting the academic discipline appeared first?
Thanks in advance, Axel Michaels

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