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SOAS receives new grant for research into major Indian religion

Portrait of Johannes Klatt

Johannes Klatt

8 October 2012

The Centre of Jaina Studies in the Department of the Study of Religion at SOAS, University of London, has been awarded a three-year research grant from the Leverhulme Trust to publish the work of librarian and indologist Johannes Emil Klatt.

Klatt (1852-1908) dedicated his life to the study of the Indian Jaina religion. When he died, he left behind a nearly completed handwritten manuscript of Jaina-Onomasticon - a 4132 page long anthology of proper names (Greek: onoma) and biographies of Jaina authors, texts and place names with explanatory historical notes.

This new SOAS project – which runs from October 2012 – will produce an edition of Klatt’s manuscript with a new historical introduction.

Leverhulme Trust Project Grants award financial support for innovative and original research projects of high quality and potential. SOAS has received a large number of Leverhulme grants in recognition of our expertise and excellence in research.

Talking about the project, Dr Peter Flügel, Chair of the Centre of Jaina Studies at SOAS, said:

“It is fantastic that the Leverhulme Trust is supporting the Centre of Jaina Studies to continue our work researching and publishing the work of Klatt.

“In the absence of extensive archaeological evidence, monastic chronologies and hagiographies, inscriptions and the information in the colophons of handwritten or printed Jaina texts are almost the only sources available for the reconstruction of Jaina religious and social history. This work will therefore support vital research into building up a more comprehensive historical picture of Jaina studies”. 

For more information visit the Johannes Klatt’s Jaina-Onomasticon website and the Leverhulme Trust website.