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Al-Biruni: The Great Pioneer of Indology

Javad, S.M., 

Assistant Professor, GDC Budhal (Rajouri) J&K UT


Alberuni should be revisited and reread. Both Alberuni himself and his book: 'Tahghigh ma lil Hind' translated, edited, annotated, and titled in English by Edward Sachau: 'Alberuni's India' in modern and academic sense] are complex, multidisciplinary, abstract and concrete both. What is significantly sorrowful is in fact Alberuni is tried to be absolutely ignored and misjudged as the first and modern mythologist by contemporary mythologists and their colleagues while the subject, terminology, suggestions, hints, and signs in several chapters of his 'India' hand over, and connected to, myths and mythology. This is what, presumably, university graduate students: undergraduates and postgraduates both must appear to, and go through and see it in depth. The paper, necessarily, is also to exploit and emphasize mythological trends and components of AlBeruni's writing. What else this paper would like to do is to explore to what extent the claim or hypothesis of Abu Reihan Alberuni being the mythologist, with his book, does have an approach to mythology of its own. It is also to persuade academics and scholars to investigate why Alberuni should, to such an extent, be ignored as the great pioneer of Indology.

Key Words: Alberuni, IndoPersian, Literature, Knowledge, Myth, Deities, Rig Veda, multidisciplinary, approach

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APA 7th Style

Javad, S. M. (2023). Al-Biruni: The Great Pioneer of Indology. Shodh Sari-An International Multidisciplinary Journal, 02(01), 96–100.


MLA 9th Edition

Javad, Syed Mohmad. “Al-Biruni: The Great Pioneer of Indology.” Shodh Sari-An International Multidisciplinary Journal, vol. 02, no. 01, Jan. 2023, pp. 96–100.

Chicago 17th Edition

Javad, Syed Mohmad. “Al-Biruni: The Great Pioneer of Indology.” Shodh Sari-An International Multidisciplinary Journal 02, no. 01 (January 1, 2023): 96–100.


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