Dominik Wujastyk, DPhil, MA, BSc

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Phone
(780) 492-3921
Address
2-81 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Overview

About

Degrees

  • DPhil (Sanskrit linguistics) Oxford University, 1982
  • MA (Sanskrit and Pali) Oxford University, 1978
  • BSc (Physics) Imperial College, London, 1974

Interests

  • History and culture of pre-modern India
  • Sanskrit language and literature
  • Indian knowledge systems: āyurveda (medicine), yoga, vyākaraṇa (linguistics), manuscript studies, Indian textual criticism and editorial technique, 
  • History of science in South Asia

Editorial work

In addition to serving on several editorial boards, I am a founding editor of two book series,

and the founding editor of the journal


Research

In Asian Studies, my early training was in the Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit languages, and my first research project was on formal rule-conflicts in Indian linguistics (the generative Sanskrit grammar by Panini). Later, I moved to teach and research in the history of medicine in India and South Asia, and this has remained an active research area for me. Over the last five years, I have begun to research the history of classical Yoga in India, and that has immediately connected with aspects of early Indian Buddhism, out of which Yoga arose.


I am currently working on a book that presents the history of classical Indian medicine through a series of commented translations that illustrate how ideas changed through time. This will be published in a news series from Columbia UP called Historical Sourcebooks in Classical Indian Thought. Other writing projects include a book on the history of Yoga Asanas, co-authored with Philipp Maas (Vienna), a study of debate and disagreement in the tradition of scholarly Indian medicine, and a work on the intellectual history of traditional Indian physicians in the two centuries preceding colonialism.


If there's a golden thread through my research interests it is the study of source materials in their original languages, mainly Sanskrit and Pali.


Teaching

Fields of Graduate Supervision (I am not accepting new PhD students)

  • Ancient Indian history
  • History of medicine and science in India
  • Sanskrit grammatical tradition (व्याकरणम् )
  • History of Indian Buddhism
  • History of Ayurveda
  • History of Yoga

I run a graduate research seminar each semester for reading Sanskrit literature and exploring topics in philology.

Undergraduate

I teach several undergraduate courses annually, including "Introduction to Classical India," "History of Indian Yoga and Meditation," "History of Science in Early India," and "Topics in the History of Medicine: Ayurveda: The Science of Life in Ancient India."

Announcements

See the University of Alberta website for South Asian Studies: http://sas.ualberta.ca

Courses

HIST 289 - Introduction to Classical India

The world of Classical India, from the emergence of the Mauryan Empire in the fourth century BCE to the close of the Gupta Empire in the fifth century CE.

Fall Term 2020
HIST 290 - Introduction to History as a Discipline

Introduction to the basic concepts of historical inquiry and techniques of research and writing in History. Course includes lectures and discussions. Required for History majors. Prerequisite: A previous course in History or consent of the Department.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
HIST 387 - History of Indian Yoga and Meditation

The history and philosophy of early Yoga, exploring its focus on meditation, its literature, its connections with Buddhism, and its historical evolution. HIST 110, 289, or CLASS 110 are recommended but not required.

Winter Term 2021

Scholarly Activities

Other - History of Science in South Asia journal

I am the founding editor of this new international journal.

HSSA
Other - Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series - a book series

I am a founding editor, with Profs. Paul Unschuld and Lawrence I. Conrad, of a book series published with Brill, Leiden.  The series publishes volumes on the history of science and medicine in Asia.

Publisher's website for the SHWAS
Other - Traditional Indian Medicine

I am a founding editor, with Prof. K. G. Zysk. The series is published in Delhi by Motilal Banarsidass.

Publisher's website
Research - World Sanskrit Conference

20180709 - 20180713

Conference being hosted at UBC, Vancouver.

Conference website

Publications

The Elephant's Footprint: An Ancient Indian Logic Diagram
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Studia Orientalia Electronica
Volume: 6
Page Numbers: 56-61
External Link: https://doi.org/10.23993/store.70098
Some Problematic Yoga Sūtra-s and their Buddhist Background
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Göttingen
Volume: Yoga in Transformation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. Karl Baier et al.
Page Numbers: 21-47
External Link: https://www.vr-elibrary.de/doi/pdfplus/10.14220/9783737008624.21
Metarules of Pāṇinian Grammar
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Delhi
Page Numbers: 2 volumes
External Link: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1012706624
Models of Disease in Ayurvedic Medicine
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication Date: 2017
External Link: https://www.academia.edu/25517629/
The Yoga Texts Attributed to Yājñavlakya and their Remarks on Posture
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Asian Literature and Translation
Volume: 4
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 159-86
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.18573/j.2017.10192
Medical Texts & Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk, Karin Preisendanz, Anthony Cerulli
Publication Date: 2013
External Link: https://www.amazon.com/Medical-Manuscripts-Indian-Cultural-History/dp/9350980193
The Roots of Ayurveda
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication Date: 2003
External Link: https://www.amazon.com/Roots-Ayurveda-Penguin-Classics/dp/0140448241/
From Balkh to Baghdad: Indian Science and the Birth of the Islamic Golden Age in the Eighth Century
Author(s): Dominik Wujastyk
Publication: Indian Journal of History of Science
Volume: 54
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 679-690
External Link: https://www.academia.edu/30576715/
The Bakhshali Manuscript: A Response to the Bodleian Library's Radiocarbon Dating
Author(s): Kim Plofker, Agathe Keller, Takao Hayashi,Clemency Montelle, Dominik Wujastyk
Publication: History of Science in South Asia
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 134-50
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.18732/H2XT07