De Nobili Research Library Prize

For the 2012 “De Nobili Research Library Prize,” students, young researchers and others interested in the Christian encounter with Indian religions were invited to submit a previously unpublished essay, written in English or German, of approximately 18,000 words on the topic “Dimensions of the Christian Encounter with the Religions of India: Aims, Possibilities, Ramifications.” A prize committee consisting of members of the Association and an external referee evaluated the submitted essays in a double-blind review process. The award-winning essay was “The Scottish ‘Discovery’ of Jainism in Nineteenth-Century Bombay” by Mitch Numark, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of History, California State University Sacramento. The prize money amounted to € 2,500. The award ceremony was held on the occasion of the fifth annual lecture of the De Nobili Research Library in October 2013. A volume containing the prize-winning essay and three other papers on the topic of the competition has appeared under the title "Transposition and Transformation, Controversy and Discovery. On the Christian Encounter with the Religions of Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century India".