• Arabic and Sanskrit books from E.E. Salisbury’s “Oriental Library,” donated to the library of Yale College in 1870 (Sterling Memorial Library)

  • Detail from Salisbury MSS 38, Dhakhīrat al-mulūk (Treasure of kings), a “mirror for princes” text in Persian, copied in 1617 (Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library)

  • "A Lady Receiving Visitors (The Reception)," painting by John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876). From the collections of the Yale Center for British Art.

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On 4 November 2016, a symposium in honor of the 175th Salisbury anniversary celebration took place, entitled “Edward Salisbury and the Ancient Near East.”  The speakers included Benjamin R. Foster (Yale), Suzanne Marchand (LSU), Eckart Frahm (Yale), and Gojko Barjamovic (Harvard). Karen...
The Yale Corporation appointed Edward E. Salisbury professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature in August 1841, the first appointment of its kind in the United States.
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...
In 1841 the Yale Corporation appointed alumnus Edward Elbridge Salisbury (class of 1832) as professor of Arabic and Sanskrit languages and literature, the first such position in the Americas. This exhibit marks the 175th anniversary of his appointment and explores his scholarly...