HARVARD ORIENTAL SERIES
Cover: Lokaprakāśa by Kṣemendra with the commentary of Sahaja Bhaṭṭa, Volume 2 in HARDCOVER

Harvard Oriental Series 90

Lokaprakāśa by Kṣemendra with the commentary of Sahaja Bhaṭṭa, Volume 2

Additional Manuscripts and Early Studies

Kṣemendra

Commentaries by Sahaja Bhaṭṭa

Edited by Michael Witzel

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$50.00 • £43.95 • €45.95

ISBN 9780674984363

Publication Date: 08/16/2022

Text

Add to Cart

Media Requests:

Related Subjects

The Lokaprakāśa by well-known Kashmirian author Kṣemendra (fl. 1050 CE) is a unique Sanskrit text that deals with details of public administration, from the king down to the village level. It includes private sale and mortgage documents as well as marriage contracts—documents that are little attested outside medieval Kashmir.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, famous explorer and Kashmiri specialist Sir M. Aurel Stein asked his friend, learned Kashmiri Pandit Sahaja Bhaṭṭa, to prepare an edition of this significant text with commentary explaining many otherwise obscure terms. The manuscript was originally projected to be published by Stein and Charles Lanman in the early 1930s, in a facsimile edition. Long lost, the manuscript has been recovered in the Société Asiatique in Paris and is now published here with all available additional manuscripts. The text fills a large gap in our knowledge of private life and public administration in medieval India and will greatly interest Sanskritists and historians alike.

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Composite photograph showing (top) entrance to the Prudential Center in Boston and (bottom) an internal construction partition/wall printed with the words 'Opening Day 2023' and other decorative text

A New Chapter for Harvard Book Store

Starting in the summer of 2023, for the first time in almost thirty years, Harvard Book Store will have two locations: the flagship store in Harvard Square, and a large new store in the Prudential Center in Boston. For University Press Week we wanted to show some bookseller love, so we reached out to Rachel Cass, General Manager of the Harvard Book Store, to see what’s planned for their exciting new location