Jérôme PETIT

Librarian (BnF)
Manuscripts Department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France


Jérôme Petit is librarian in charge of the South and South-East Asia collections in the Manuscripts Department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Manuscript culture and the history of knowledge of India form one of the bases of his fields of investigation (Antoine-Léonard Chézy and the beginnings of Sanskrit studies in Europe, editorial direction with Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn, Geuthner, 2019). His thesis in Jaina studies, defended in 2013 under the direction of Nalini Balbir, is on Banārasīdās, a 17th-century merchant, author of philosophical poems and an autobiography in old Hindi (Histoire à demi, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2011). The latter is included in a line of thinkers that draws on the texts of the philosopher Kundakunda (La quintessence du Soi, Payot, 2021) to the holy figure of Gujarat Rājacandra (La réalisation du Soi, Payot, 2020).

Fields of research and research projects

  • Jaina studies
  • Manuscriptology
  • History of Indian studies

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