John Dowson (* 1820 in Uxbridge ; † 23 August 1881 in Sandhurst Lodge) was a British historian and orientalist.
He edited the eight-volume The History of India as told by its own Historians by Henry M. Elliot (1808-1853), in which Indian history is told by India's own historians. He is also the author of the popular reference work A classical dictionary of Hindu mythology and religion, geography, history, and literature on the mythology and religion, geography, history and literature of the Hindus, which has appeared in many editions until recently .
Dowson was Professor of Hindustani at University College London .
- A classical dictionary of Hindu mythology and religion, geography, history, and literature. Trübner, London 1879, ( digitizedhttp: //vorlage_digitalisat.test/1%3D~GB%3D~IA%3Dclassicaldiction00dows~MDZ%3D%0A~SZ%3D~doppelseiten%3D~LT%3D~PUR%3D ; numerous editions).
- As editor: Henry M. Elliot : The History of India, as Told by Its Own Historians. The Muhammadan Period . Trübner, London 1867–1877
- Tripta Wahi: British scholarship and Muslim rule in India. The Work of William Erskine, Sir Henry M. Elliot, John Dowson, Edward Thomas, J. Talboys Wheeler and Henry G. Keene. London 1974, (London, University of London, Ph.D. Thesis, 1974).
- Literature by and about John Dowson in the catalog of the German National Library
- Tripta Wahi: Orientalism: A Critique
- SUB Goettingen
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British historian and orientalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1820|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Uxbridge|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 23, 1881|
|Place of death||Sandhurst Lodge|