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Papers Related to Navalkishor
(Article contributed by TUFS Professor Emeritus- honorific title omitted)


(1)About Munshi Navalkishor
(Takashi Suzuki, Toshio Tanaka)
Taken from Area and Cultural Studies No. 24, 1974.

(2)About the Publishing Activities of Navalkishor Press
(Takashi Suzuki)
Taken from Orient XX-1 (1977)

Navalkishor Press List of Publications
Vol.1 vol. 2

List of the books on Munshi Navalkishor in TUFS-Library
List of the books on Munshi Navalkishor in TUFS-Library (in Japanese)


In the years 1971 and 1973, a joint overseas scientific study team from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) and the Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo collected Indo-Pakistani literature. Among the South Asian literature stored in the TUFS library, these works possess tremendous scientific value. A group of these documents, published between the second half of the 19th century and early 20th century, are a precious accumulation of materials that make possible interdisciplinary study of the South Asia region.

The literature collected by this joint study team is classified into 2 categories: 1) Indo-Pakistani religious research literature, and 2) the Navalkishor Collection.

The former is a comprehensive collection of works related to religion, thought, literature, folk beliefs, etc., while the latter is an aggregation of books published by a single company- Navalkishor Press. Both groups contain books that are no longer available in such an intact form.

As a publishing company, Navalkishor Press played a significant role in contributing to the publishing and cultural activities of modern India. During the founder of the press, Munshi Navalkishor's time, it is said that more than 4,000 works were published. Collections of such books around the world can only be found in the British Library, the Library of Congress, and the University of Chicago Library. Among these collections, the 1,000 pieces held by TUFS stands out.

This digital archive was created to share these 2 precious collections with the rest of the world. A part of the Navalkishor books have been digitized, enabling access to all of their pages. In addition, the entire Navalkishor Press List of Publications has been digitized. This development is particularly significant, in that it offers a full view of Navalkishor's publishing activities.

Fujii Takeshi
Professor, Department of South & West Asian Studies,
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(TUFS)


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