John Dowson

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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 .



  • 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).

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