Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University. Sharma's works focus on Hinduism, philosophy of religion. In editing books his works include Our Religions and Women in World Religions, Feminism in World Religions was selected as a Choaphy ChoiceOutstanding Academic Book (1999).[1]

Arvind Sharma
Born13th January 1940
Alma materAllahabad 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 forComparative 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
FieldsReligious Studies
InstitutionsMcGill University


Arvind Sharma was born on 13 January 1940 in Varanasi, India.

He served in civil services in Gujarat until 1968 he went to US 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, he earned his PhD from the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies in 1978.

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.[2] In 1994 he was appointed the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University, where he teaches.[3][4]

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


The author, editor or co-editor of more than 50 books and 500 articles,[5][6] his notable works include:


  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. ^ Sharma, Arvind. "Avrind Sharma - Biography". Arvind Sharma's personal website.
  4. ^ Sharma, Arvind. "Curriculum Vitae - Arvind Sharma" (PDF).
  5. ^ Arvind Sharma, The World's Religions: A Contemporary Reader, Fortress Press, 2010, p. 379
  6. ^ Profile on the website of McGill University

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