History of Science in South Asia https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa <p>An Open Access journal for the history of all forms of scientific thought and action, ancient and modern, in all regions of South Asia.&nbsp;&nbsp; See further, <a title="Focus and Scope" href="/hssa/index.php/hssa/about/editorialPolicies#focusAndScope" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Focus and Scope</a>.</p> en-US Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:<br /><br />Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a  <a id="tinymce" class="mceContentBody " dir="ltr" href="http://creativecommons.org/" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> Attribution-ShareAlike license that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.<br /><br />Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's  published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.<br /><br />Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See <a id="tinymce" class="mceContentBody " dir="ltr" href="http://opcit.eprints.org/oacitation-biblio.html" target="_blank">The Effect of Open Access</a>). wujastyk@ualberta.ca (Prof. Dominik Wujastyk) wujastyk@ualberta.ca (Dominik Wujastyk) Sun, 22 Apr 2018 11:13:01 -0600 OJS http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Premodern Yoga Traditions and Ayurveda https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/25 <p>The research for this article was prompted by the question: were Yoga and Āyurveda as intimately connected in premodern times as they to seem today? It attempts to give a preliminary answer by assessing the influence of Āyurveda on a corpus of mediaeval Yoga texts, in terms of shared terminology, theory and praxis.&nbsp;The date of this corpus ranges from the eleventh to the nineteenth century CE, and all of its texts teach physical techniques and an ascetic state of dormant meditative absorption (<em>samādhi</em>), either as auxiliaries within a system of Yoga or as autonomous systems in themselves. The physical techniques became known as Haṭhayoga and the ascetic state of <em>samādhi</em> as Rājayoga, and the texts in which they appear posit the practice (<em>abhyāsa</em>) of Yoga as the chief means to liberation (<em>mokṣa</em>). The article begins with a discussion of the terminology in these texts that is also found in the&nbsp;<em>Bṛhattrayī,</em> that is,&nbsp;the <em>Carakasaṃhitā</em>, the <em>Suśrutasaṃhitā</em> and Vāgbhaṭa’s <em>Aṣṭāṅgahṛdayasaṃhitā.&nbsp;</em>It proceeds to discuss the relevant theory (digestive fire, humoral theory, vital points, herbs) and praxis (<em>āsana</em>, <em>ṣaṭkarma</em> and therapy or<em> cikitsā</em>) of the yoga texts in question in order to assess the possible influence of Āyurveda. </p> Jason Eric Birch ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/25 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0600 The Kriyākramakarī’s Integrative Approach to Mathematical Knowledge https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/23 <p>The purpose of this paper is to review the general organization of knowledge in the <em>Kriyākramakarī</em>, a sixteenth-century treatise of Kerala mathematics. Specifically, I will argue that the authors' interest in justification or proof is integrative, rather than hierarchical or cumulative. In other words, the purpose of proofs in the <em>Kriyākramakarī</em> is to connect various different aspects of mathematics, rather than just establish results by means of previously known results. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Roy Wagner ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/23 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 23:19:49 -0600 A Critical Edition of the Candrārkī of Dinakara https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/35 <p>A set of tables devoted to solar and lunar phenomena entitled the <em>Candrārkī</em> &nbsp;was prepared in Sanskrit by the sixteenth-century Indian astronomer Dinakara.&nbsp; Along with the tables, Dinakara composed a short accompanying text which instructed the user how to extract and manipulate the tabular data to construct their own calendar&nbsp;for&nbsp;any desired year and geographical circumstances. &nbsp;The work proved to be popular. &nbsp;Based on a small fraction of the extant manuscripts, we present a critical edition of the text together with a discussion of the challenges raised while preparing the edition.</p> Aditya Kolachana, Clemency Montelle, Jambugahapitiye Dhammaloka, Keshav Melnad, Mahesh K, Pravesh Vyas, Krishnamurthi Ramasubramanian, M. S. Sriram, Venketeswara Pai ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/35 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:50:23 -0600 Origins of the Tājika System of Astrological Aspects and Dignities https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/34 <p>The astrological doctrines of aspects and planetary dignities found in the authoritative texts of the Tājika (Sanskritized Perso-Arabic) school are examined with respect to their origins and historical development, with particular emphasis on Balabhadra’s encyclopaedic <em>Hāyanaratna</em> (1649) and its quotations from the perhaps earliest work of the school, Samarasiṃha’s <em>Tājikaśāstra</em> (thirteenth century). It is argued that a major source of these doctrines is Sahl ibn Bishr’s Arabic-language intro­duction to astrology (ninth century), possibly in abbreviated or paraphrased form. Several of the constituent ideas have been imperfectly understood by their Indian epitomists, resulting in reinterpretations and innovations.</p> Martin Gansten ##submission.copyrightStatement## http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/hssa/index.php/hssa/article/view/34 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 15:38:34 -0600