Arvind Sharma

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


Born in Varanasi, India, Arvind Sharma earned a B.A. in History, Economics, and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958. In 1962, Sharma joined the Indian Administrative Service, serving in Gujarat until 1968. In 1971 he received an M.A. from Syracuse University and in 1974 earned a Masters in Theology from Harvard University. In 1978 he obtained his Ph.D. in Sanskrit from Harvard University. In 1976 he was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland and in 1980 he took a similar position at the University of Sydney.[2]

In 1987, Sharma took the position of Associate Professor of Religious Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He is currently the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion there.[3] Sharma was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting professor of Indic Studies at Harvard.[4] He has held fellowships at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of World Religions, the Brookings Institution, the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, and the Center for Business and Government. He was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.[3]

Sharma currently writes two blogs entitled "Indological Provocations" and "The Comparative Study of Religion".


  • A Sourcebook of Classical Indian Thought (New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 2012), pp 233
  • Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000) pp.221.
  • Hinduism as a Missionary Religion (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2011) pp. 203.
  • Problematizing Religious Freedom (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2011) pp. 264.
  • Hindu Narratives on Human Rights (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2010) pp.166.
  • Ramana Maharshi: The Sage of Arunachala (New Delhi: Penguin, 2006) pp. 216.
  • Hindu Egalitarianism: Equality or Justice? (New Delhi: Rupa & Co, 2006) pp. 174.
  • Are Human Rights Western? A Contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2006) pp.289.
  • Sleep as a Sate of Consciousness in Advaita Vedānta (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 2005) pp. 181.
  • Advaita Vedānta: An Introduction (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2004: German Edition 2007) pp. 125.
  • Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003) pp. 217.
  • Hinduism and Its Sense of History (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003) pp. 134.
  • Studies in `Alberuni's India' (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrassowitz, 1982) pp. 155.
  • The Hindu Scriptural Value System and the Economic Development of India (New Delhi: Heritage Publishers, 1980) pp. 113.
  • Thresholds in Hindu-Buddhist Studies (Calcutta: Minerva Publishers, 1979) pp. 231.
  • (With Raimundo Panikkar) Human Rights as a Western Concept (New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 2007) pp. 102.
  • (With Susan J. Palmer) The Rajneesh Papers: Studies in a New Religious Movement (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1993) pp. 188.
  • (With Ajit Ray, Alaka Hejib, Katherine K. Young) Sati: Historical and Phenomenological Essays (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1988) pp. 129.
  • (With Katherine K. Young) Images of the Feminine: A Bibliography of Women in India (Chico, California: New Horizons Press, 1974) pp. 36.
  • (With Katherine K. Young) Fundamentalism and Women in World Religions (New York, London: T & T Clark, 2007) pp. 195.
  • (With Frances S. Adeney) Christianity and Human Rights: Influences and Issues (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2007) pp. 228.
  • Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2005: Indian Edition 2007) pp. 170.
  • Women in Indian Religions (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2002) pp. 270.
  • The Little Clay Cart: An English Translation of the Mṛcchakaṭika of Śūdraka as Adapted for the Stage by A.L. Basham (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1994) pp. 175.
  • Neo-Hindu Views of Christianity (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1988) pp. 213.
  • The Spiritual Biography of Milarepa. Indian Horizons 24(2–3), 92–102.
  • ‘Alberuni's India’ as a Source of Political History. Central Asiatic Journal 25(3–4), 131–136.
  • Mescaline and Hindu Mystical Experience, An Advaitic Approach. Studies in Religion 5(2), 31–35.
  • Marriage in World Religions: Hinduism. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 22(1), 69–80.
  • The Role of Memory in Hindu Epistemology and its Religious Implications. Indian Philosophical Quarterly 10(4), 485–491.


  1. Dr. Arvind Sharma, Emory University Hindu Students Council, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  2. Arvind Sharma Archived May 27, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Asian Perspectives on the World's Religions after September 11 (Book flyer), ABC-Clio, retrieved 2015-04-10.
  4. Arvind Sharma’s life and work Archived July 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., World Wisdom, retrieved 2015-04-10.

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