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Dr. Arvind Sharma <arvind.sharma@mcgill.ca>

Born in Varanasi, India, Professor Sharma earned a B. A. in History, Economics and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958 and continued his interests in economics at Syracuse University (M. A. 1970). Pursuing a life-long interest in comparative religion, Professor Sharma gained an M. T. S. in 1974 and then a PhD in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard in 1978. Formerly of the I. A. S., he succeeded Wilfred Cantwell Smith to the Birks Chair of Comparative Religion. He taught in Australia (Sydney and Queensland) and in the U. S. A. (Temple, Northeastern, and Boston) and was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting professor of Indic Studies at Harvard University.

Often cited as an authority on Hinduism, he is also a leading pedagogue of world religions. Two books edited by him Our Religions (1993) and Women in World Religions (1987) are widely used in the field, while Feminism in World Religions which he co-edited with K. Young was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1999. He is the author/editor of more than fifty books and has over five hundred publications.

Professor Sharma's research interests lie in the areas of Comparative Religion, Indian Philosophy and Ethics and Hinduism (Classical and Northern India). He is currently engaged in promoting the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Righs by the world’s religions.