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     Premodern India produced over 25,000 literary, religious, philosophical and scientific texts, and thousands of land records, administrative documents, trading charters, gift deeds, historical chronicles and genealogies. Close to thirty million manuscripts are now extant. Besides, India is home to nearly 75,000 inscriptions engraved on stones, rock-surfaces, temple-walls, copper-plates, pots, wooden panels and so on. Together, these constitute a stupendous corpus, making available to us much of the information upon which the reconstruction of premodern Indian history is chiefly based. The importance of these sources can hardly then be overstated. Yet, many of these texts are not accessible today to scholars and students. Thousands of inscriptions remain unpublished, and the existence of hundreds of texts is yet to be acknowledged by way of catalogues and inventories. Many of the published materials are either expensive, or out of print, or preserved in specialist libraries which do not provide easy access to researchers. These difficulties have generated a need to develop an alternative in tune with the demands and requirements of our times. The Archive India Institute was established in order to address some of these difficulties.

 

   The Institute aims to digitize the literary, religious, philosophical and epigraphic texts from premodern South Asia and make them available freely online to researchers as well as to the general public. It also seeks to promote research by way of organizing seminars, conferences, workshops and symposia on all aspects of premodern South Asian history, and by publishing books, booklets, periodicals, pamphlets and other forms of literature relevant to the study of premodern South Asian history. The Institute expects to emerge as a premier platform for sustained engagement with the rich archival corpus of South Asia leading to cutting-edge research poised to extend the horizons of our knowledge on the subcontinent's past.


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Archive India Institute publishes the annual international double-blind refereed Journal, Indian History. The journal is published every January, and is available online in an open access format. Write to indianhistory@archiveindia.in for hard-copy subscription.


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