About the Book
The study of Indian palaeography grew out of necessity for deciphering the large number of inscriptions found in the sub-continent. A further development came through the need to use the changing forms of letters as an aid to determining the dates of some inscriptions. For this latter purpose we now have a large number of charts at our disposal. Yet an absolute chronology has not been possible. The present work is intended to explain the difficulty, to redefine palaeography in the context of our technological advances and to seek, through its study, a better understanding of the civilization of south Asia. The book covers a wide field and deals with written materials from the earliest period to the eighth century AD found all over this far-flung area, and it explains, with the help of figures and charts, the interrelation of the cultures to the various zones.
This second edition carries a new preface with a section of Indian Numerals.
About the Author
Dr. A.H. Dani, now Professor Emeritus at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, has been founder General Secretary of Asiatic Society of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he started Journal of Asiatic Society; in 1962 he founded the Department of Archaeology, University of Peshawar, and introduced the annual bulletin, Ancient Pakistan to make the new archaeological discoveries known to scholars; in 1972 he organised the Faculty of Social Science as its Dean in Islamabad and was instrumental in initiating the Islamabad University Press with his own book on Alberuni as its first publication; since the foundation of International Association for the Study of Cultures of Central Asia in 1973 he has been its Vice-President and publishing the biannual Journal of Central Asia on its behalf; presently engaged in exploring and deciphering the inscriptions along the Karakorum highway, his latest book is a new study on the Historic City of Taxila (1984).