Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Anna Scarabel

In 2018, Anna Scarabel obtained a M.A. in South Asian Studies with major in Classical Indology from the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University. As Ph.D. candidate, she then joined the Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken. The working title of the doctoral project is “The Coral Tree of Vedic Meanings.Two opposing ways of retaining the meanings of the Veda. Svāmī Karapātrī’s and Dayānanda Sarasvatī’s ideologies”. Her research deals with the creation of new interpretations of the Vedas in the colonial and post-colonial periods in India, and aims at outlining the complexities of modern re-interpretations of ancient meanings. In particular, she studies the Ārya Samāja’s philosophical tenets and the thought of Svāmī Karapātrī, a post-colonial Indian religious leader. Anna’s main research interests lie in the colonial and post-colonial studies, Mīmāṃsā and Nyāya Sanskrit textual traditions.

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