MINAEV (Minayeff), Ivan Pavlovič

MINAEV (Minayeff), Ivan Pavlovič. Tambov 9.(21.)10.1840 — 1.(13.)6. 1890. Russian Indologist. Professor in St.Petersburg. Studies at St.Petersburg (under Vasil’ev) and then under Weber at Berlin. From 1869 PD at St.Petersburg, from 1873 Professor there. From 1871 Member of Russian Geographical Society. In 1874-75, 1880, and 1885-86 travelled in India, Ceylon, Burma, and Nepal. Among his students were Kudrjavskij, Ol’denburg and Ščerbatskoj.

IPM was mainly a Buddhist scholar, but had also broad interests in many sides of Indology extending to geography and ethnography. He is considered as the founder of the Russian Indological school. He was among the pioneers of Western Pāli philology and author of the first useful Pāli grammar. In his research he worked on Buddhist chronology and the relationship between Mahāyāna and Hīnayāna. During his travels he collected a great number of Pāli and Sanskrit manuscripts.

Publications: “Novye fakty otnositel’no svjazi drevnej Indii s zapadom”, Žurnal Ministerstva narodnago prosveščenija 1870:8, 225-239; articles on Jatakas, in Russian, ibid. 1871:11, 87-133; 1872; 1874:11, 68-104; 1876:2, 185-224 & 368-403; 1876:4, 314-340; 1876:5, 69-97.

Očerk fonetiki i morfologij jazyka pali. 1872, French 1874, English 1883.

edited: Petavatthu. P.T.S. L. 1888; “Chakesadhātuvamsa”, JPTS 1885, 5-16; “Sandesakathā”, JPTS 1885, 17-28; “Kassapa: Anāgatavamsa”, JPTS 1886, 33-53; “Nandapañña’s Gandhavamsa”, JPTS 1886, 54-80; “Sīmāvivāda­vinicchaya­kathā”, JPTS 1887, 17.34; “Kathāvatthu Commentary”, JPTS 1889, 1-199.

Buddizm: Issledovanija i materialy. 1:1-2. 1887, French tr. Recherches sur le Bouddhisme et La communauté des moines bouddhistes. 15+315 p. AMG, Bibl. d’Ét. 4. P. 1894.

Paradigmy sanskritskoj grammatiky. 59 p. S.Pb. 1889.

Ed. “Śāntideva, Bodhicaryāvatāra”, Zapiski 4, 1889, repr. in JBuddhTextSoc 1894; “Mahāvyutpatti”, in his Buddizm. 1:2. 1887, repr. in Bibl. buddh. 13. 1911.

Indijskie skazki i legendy: sobrannye v Kamaone. 18??, new ed. 1966.

Ed. by S. F. Ol’denburg: “Materialy i zametki po buddizmu (iz bumag pokojnogo) 1. Perevody iz Petavatthu”, ZVORAO 6, 1891, 332ff. “2. ??”; “3. Perevody iz Suttanipāta Mahāvagga (Vinaya)”, Ibid. 10, 1896, 93ff.

Ed. by A. P. Barannikov: Dnevnik putešestvij v Indii i Birmu: 1880 i 1880-1886. 252 p. M. 1955.

Sources: *A.P. Barannikov, biography Minaev’s Dnevnik, 17-32, also a good photo; S. Gopal, Indo-Asian Culture 18:1, 1969, 64f.; *S. F. Ol’denburg, Zivaja starina 1, 1890, liii-lxi & *Otčet Imp. Russkoe Geogr. Obščestvo za 1890 g. M. 1891, 8-11 & *ZVORAO 10, 1896 (1897), 57-77 (with photo); *A. Schneider, “Professor J.P.M., the Russian Indologist, 1840–1890”, IHQ 10, 1934, 811-826; *Vigasin 2008, 140-153, with photo, and 161-191; Great Soviet Encyclopedia; *I. P. Minaev. Sbornik statej. Moskva 1967; photo also in Bongard-Levin & Vigasin, The Image of India. 1984; Wikipedia (more in Russian version).

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