• 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)

  • Arabic and Sanskrit books from E.E. Salisbury’s “Oriental Library,” donated to the library of Yale College in 1870 (Sterling Memorial 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...
Robin Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies at Yale, delivered a fascinating presentation last week at the Middle East Libraries Committee (MELCOM) conference held at Leiden University in The Netherlands. Her talk focused on Edward Elbridge Salisbury, who graduated from Yale in...