Arvind Sharma

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Arvind Sharma
Born 13th January 1940
Residence Canada
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Allahabad University (B.A. 1958), Syracuse University (M.A. in economics, 1970), Harvard University (M.T.S. in Theological Studies, 1974; PhD in Sanskrit and Indian Studies, 1978)
Known for Comparative Religion, the philosophy of religion, human rights and religion, theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion, Advaita Vedanta, Hindu studies, Sanskrit studies, Women in religion
Scientific career
Fields Religious Studies
Institutions McGill University

Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. Sharma's works focus on comparative religion, Hinduism, philosophy of religion and the role of women in religion. Some of his more widely read works include Our Religions and Women in World Religions, which were edited by him. Feminism in World Religions was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book (1999).[1]


Arvind Sharma was born on the 13th of January 1940 in Varanasi, India . Raised in a family that traditionally worked in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), he followed suit and joined the IAS in 1962 after a distinguished academic career.

He served in the State of Gujarat until 1968, when he moved to the United States to pursue higher studies in economics at the University of Syracuse, obtaining a Masters in economics in 1970. While pursuing the role of non-economic factors in economic development he became interested in religion and joined Harvard Divinity School in 1972. After obtaining a Masters in Theological Studies, concentrating on comparative religion, he earned his PhD from the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies in 1978. His doctorate work involved the first ever translation in English of Abhinavagupta's commentary on the Bhagavad Gita.

While at Harvard he was recruited in 1976 by the newly founded Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In 1980 he moved to the University of Sydney, from where he was hired by McGill University in Canada in 1987. In 1994 he was appointed the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University, where he continues to teach as of 2018.


The archives fonds of Arvind Sharma is held at McGill University Archives (MUA)

Arvind Sharma Archived May 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, retrieved 2015-04-10.</ref>


A more complete bibliography, consisting of more than 860 titles, is in the possession of the McGill University Archives (MUA) and can be provided upon request.


  1. ^ Dr. Arvind Sharma, Emory University Hindu Students Council, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  2. ^ Sharma, Arvind. "Avrind Sharma - Biography". Arvind Sharma's personal website.
  3. ^ Sharma, Arvind. "Curriculum Vitae - Arvind Sharma" (PDF).

External links

  • Faculty page at McGill (Arvind Sharma)
  • Audio: Arvind Sharma in conversation on the BBC World Service discussion show The Forum
  • McGill University Archives (MUA)
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