Yale marks 175th anniversary of Arabic and Sanskrit studies with exhibit, public events

When assuming his appointment as Yale’s first professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature in August 1843, Edward E. Salisbury urged his colleagues to be patient with him as he strived to establish a new field of study both on campus and in the United States.

“I would earnestly ask of you all, to bear with my weaknesses, to be patient with my slowness in doing all that I ought to do to honor my place, and to allow me to find refuge from the feeling of loneliness and discouragement in your sympathising (sic) recognition, that each department of knowledge is truly kindred with every other — the sentiment which should pervade every great institution of learning …” Salisbury said during his inaugural lecture to Yale faculty.

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