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History

The Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia is based on the previous Institute of Indian Studies of the University of Groningen, which was founded in 1953 by Professor Dr Jacob Ensink (1921-2005), who has succeeded Johanna E. van Lohuizen-de Leeuw as lecturer in 1951. The Institute of Indian Studies was devoted to the study of Sanskrit and Sanskrit literature. Earlier, Sanskrit had been accommodated to one of the chairs in the Faculty of Arts.

The first to teach Sanskrit in Groningen was Barend Sijmons (1881), professor of comparative linguistics and Germanic languages. From 1889 to 1903 Sanskrit was taught by Jacob Samuel Speyer, professor of Latin. During his Groningen professorship Speyer published his translation of the Jatakamala and his famus Vedische und Sanskrit Syntax in the
Grundiss der Indo-arischen Philologie.

In 1996 the J. Gonda Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) endowed the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen with a chair for The History of Hinduism in the Sanskrit Tradition and Indian Philosophy. The chair was held by Dr. Hans T. Bakker until 2013.

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