Scottish Orientalism and the Bengal Renaissance: The Continuum of Ideas (2017)

Edited by Bashabi Fraser with Tapati Mukherjee  and Amrit Sen (Special Advisor: Neil Fraser), Visva-Bharati Press, Santinikaten, India; Luath Press, Edinburgh.

This book is the outcome of a collaborative project between the Scottish Centre of Tagore Studies at Edinburgh Napier University and Rabindra Bhavana at Visva-Bharati in the UK and India respectively, co-funded as a UK India Educational Research Initiatives (UKIERI) project. The Bengal Renaissance is a socio-religious reform movement which transformed the literature, culture and education, in Bengal and fostered the sciences from the second half of the 19thcentury and leading up to the beginning of the 20th Century.  Bashabi wrote the Introduction, tracing the story of Scottish Orientalists back to the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th Century. Chapters in the book then go on to examine Scots in the development of education in Bengal – David Hare, Rev. Alexander Duff, Scottish Church College; Scots close to Rabindranath Tagore, Arthur Geddes and Sir Daniel Hamilton; and Scots close to  the Bengali scientists Prafulla Chandra Ray and Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose.