Science: Anthropologists on Aryanism

When Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck was rattling his sabre under the tremulous nose of France, a German professor stuck his finger into the dead corpus of the Sanskrit language and pulled out a word that was to kindle the fires of scientific controversy for many a long year to come. The word that Friedrich Maximilian Muller introduced to the Western world was Aryan, which in Sanskrit means nothing more than "noble."

Scientifically the word Aryan refers to language rather than race. Some scholars in England...

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