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Mr. Paul Dundas

(Former employee or visitor)

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Jainism, Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali, Sanskrit court epics, Indian History, Indian Civilisation, Indian Religion, Indian Philosophy, Buddhism.


Mr Paul Dundas is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh who began teaching in the former Sanskrit Department here in 1976 after a stint at Cambridge.  His work on Jainism has made him one of the world’s most respected scholars on the religious and cultural history of India and his 1992 book The Jains remains an essential text in the study of the religious beliefs and practices of South Asia. Paul has extensive experience as a lecturer in Buddhism, Prakrit, Sanskrit and Indian cultural history and as a research supervisor.

Research Interests

Paul’s research interests focus mainly on the study of the doctrines and practices of the Jain community and Indian religious philosophy, although he also focusses on Middle Indo-Aryan philology, Sanskrit poetry and court epics.


Postgraduate Teaching

  • MSc Asian Religions
  • The Origins of Buddhism in India 

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Sanskrit at all undergraduate levels
  • Buddhism 3 and 4
  • Hinduism 4


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