School of Religion, Philosophy & Classics

Pratap Kumar Penumala

Pratap Kumar Penumala

Position

Emeritus Professor

Discipline

Religion

Email

penumalap@ukzn.ac.za

Contact Number

031-260-7303

Campus

Howard College Campus

Office Address

 

External Research Profile

Nidān: International Journal for Indian Studies

Degrees Held

  • Phd University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
  • Th. (Comparative Religions), Serampore College, India
  • A. (Philosophy), Sri Venkatesvara University, Tirupati, India
  • D. (Christianity), Serampore College, India
  • A. (English and Telugu Literature) Andhra University, India

Research Interests

  • Hinduism, Comparative Religions, South Asian Diaspora, Sociology of Religion

Teaching Interests

  • Hinduism, Indian Philosophy, Comparative Religions, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
Selected

Publications

Books

  • Study of Diaspora Hinduism: Implications for Source Materials for the Study of Hinduism in General. Durban: University of Durban-Westville, 1995.
  • The Goddess Lakshmi in South Indian Vaishnavism. Scholars Press, Atlanta, GA USA, 1997, Oxford University Press, 2000. [ISBN: 788501984] 186pp.
  • Hindus in South Africa: Their Traditions and Beliefs, Durban: University of Durban-Westville, 2000.
  • Methods and Theories in the Study of Religions: Perspectives from the Study of Hinduism and other Indian Religions. Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan Publications, 2004.
  • Hinduism and The Diaspora: A South African Narrative, Jaipur, New Delhi, India: Rawat Publishers, 2013. [Pages 248, ISBN # 978-81-316-0527-1].
  • South Asians in the Diaspora: Their Histories and Traditions, edited by Knut Jacobsen and Pratap Kumar. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004. (420pp). [9789004124882]
  • Study of Religion in Southern Africa: Essays in Honour of G.C. Oosthuizen, edited by Johannes A. Smit and Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2005. (pp. 288 +). [900414384X]
  • Religious Pluralism and the Diaspora, edited by Pratap Kumar, Leiden: E.J, Brill, 2006. (pp. 381+). [9004152504]
  • Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Philosophy and Religion, (Festschrift in honour of Prof. T.S. Rukmani) Edited by Pratap Kumar and Jonathan Duquette, New Delhi: DK Print Publishers, 2013. Pages xviii +462 [ISBN # 9788124606520]
  • Contemporary Hinduism. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Durham, UK: Acumen (Routledge), 2013. [ISBN 978-1-84465-689-9]. pp 293+
  • Indian Diaspora: Socio-cultural and Religious Worlds. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2015. [ISBN: 978-90-04-28798-3 (hard cover); 978-90-04-28806-5 (e-book).
  • Contemporary Issues in the Indian Diaspora of South Africa, edited by Pratap Kumar. New Delhi: Serial Publications, 2016. [ISBN: 978-81-933190-3-1]
  • The Future of the Study of Religion, edited by Slavica Jakelic and Lori Pearson, Leiden, Brill, 2004.
  • Studies in Modern Religions, Religious Movements and the Babi-Bahai Faiths, edited by Moshe Sharon, Leiden, Brill, 2004.
  • The Emergence of the Science of Religion in the Netherlands, by Arie L. Molendijk, Leiden, Brill, 2005.
  • Belief, Bounty and Beauty: Rituals around Sacred Trees in India, by Albertina Nugteren. Leiden: Brill, 2005.
  • Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen. Leiden: Brill, 2005.
  • Comparing Religions: Possibilities and Perils? Edited by Thomas Athanasius Idinopulos, Brian C. Wilson, and James Constantine Hanges. Brill, 2006.
  • Human Sacrifice in Jewish and Christian Tradition. Edited by Karin Finsterbusch, Armin Lange and K.F. Diethard Romheld (in association with Lance Lazar). Brill, 2006.
  • Citizens of the World: A History and Sociology of the Baha’is from a Globalisation Perspective. By Margit Warburg. Brill, 2006.
  • Theorizing Rituals: Issues, Topics, Approaches, Concepts. Jens Kreinath et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2006, pages 777+
  • Apocalyptic Representations of Jerusalem, by Maria Leppakari (author), Leiden: Brill, 2006, pages 259.
  • When rituals go wrong: Mistakes, Failures, and the Dynamics of Ritual, by Ute Husken (editor), Leiden: Brill, 2007, pages 377+
  • Intertextuality in the Tales of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav: a Close Reading of Sippurey Ma’asiyot, by Marianne Schleicher. Leiden: Brill, 2007, pp. 664+
  • Theorizing Rituals: Annotated Bibliography or Ritual Theory, 1966-2005, edited by Jens Kreinath, Jan Snoek and Michael Stausberg, Brill, 2007, pp. 573+

Journal Articles

  • “Sita in the Last Episode of the Ramayana: Contrasting Paradigms in Bhavabhuti and Valmiki,” Journal for the Study of Religion, South Africa. 5. No. 1. March 1992, pp.57-66. (Refereed)
  • “Intuition: an Undeclared Epistemological Category in Indian Philosophy” in The Journal of Indological Society of Southern Africa, Vol. 2 & 3, 1994 & 95, pp. 43-53. (Refereed)
  • “Vedic Claims of the Pancaratra and the Vaikhanasa Agamas” in Nidan: Journal of the Department of Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy, Vol 7, University of Durban-Westville, 1995 (Refereed), pp. 42-56.
  • “Ritual and Hierarchy: A Case of Srivaishnavas” in the Journal for the Study of Religion, South Africa. 10, No. 1, March 1997, pp. 3-18 (Refereed)
  • “Hindu Bhakti Traditions of India” in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 13, December 2001, pp.21-36. (Refereed)
  • The Individual vs the Collective Consciousness: an examination of the Srivaishnava debate on the emancipation of the Self” in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 13, December 2001, pp. 69-85. (Refereed) [ISSN: 1016-5320]
  • “Kautilya’s Arthasastra: Some reflections on authorship and date” in Nidan: A Journal of Hinduism, vol. 14 December 2002, pp. 97-102. (Refereed) [ISSN: 1016-5320]
  • “Vaishnavism” entry in the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Edited by Denise Cush, Catherine A. Robinson, Michael York. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 919-928. [ISBN: 978-0-415-55623-1]. (Refereed)
  • “Freedom in the Bhagavad Gītā: An Analysis of Buddhi and Sattva Categories” in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 22. December 2010, pp. 69-81. (Refereed) [Republished in Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Philosophy and Religion, (Festschrift in honour of Prof. T.S. Rukmani) Edited by Pratap Kumar (University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa) and Jonathan Duquette (University of Montreal, Canada), New Delhi: DK Print Publishers, 2013. Pages xviii +462 [ISBN # 9788124606520], pp.233-46. (Refereed)
  • ‘Centrality of Draupadi in the Mahabharata Narrative’, in Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi’s Bi-Monthly Journal, Vol. 294, No. 4., July/August 2016, pp. 165-178. (Refereed)
  • “Sacred in Folk Traditions of Rural Hindus,” in Bangalore Theological Forum, India, Vol. XVIII, No. 2—3, 1986, pp. 107-112. (Refereed)
  • “Religious Institutions: Ritual and Power Dynamics” in Journal for the Study of Religion, South Africa, Vol. 6, No. 2, September 1993, pp. 69-89 (Refereed)
  • “Many Faces of Truth: Understanding Gandhi” in the Journal of Indological Society of Southern Africa, 1. No. 1. 1993, pp. 41-53. (Refereed)
  • “The Search for Hindu Ethics in Contemporary India vis à vis Dharma” in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 16, December 2004, pp. 32-52. (Refereed) [ISSN: 1016-5320]
  • “Urbanism and Death of Religion: Strategies of Religious Manifestation in Modern Society” in Journal for the Study of Religion, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2007, pp. 43-56. Also published in in The Indian Diaspora: Historical and Contemporary Context, edited by Laxmi Narayan Kadekar, Ajaya Kumar Sahoo and Gauri Bhattacharya. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2009, pp. 54-67. [ISBN: 8131602109]. (Refereed)
  • Indian Ethics: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Challenges: A review Essay, in Nidan: International Journal for the Study of Hinduism, vol. 19, Dec, 2007, pp. 103-109. [ISSN: 1016-5320] (Refereed)
  • “Introducing Hinduism: The Master Narrative—A Critical Review of Textbooks on Hinduism” in Religious Studies Review, Vol. 36, No. 2, June 2010, pp. 115-124. [ISSN: 1748-0922]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Religious Sentiment and Politics of Defining Hindu Texts’, in Nidan: International Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 25, December 2013, pp. 21-33. (Refereed)
  • “Taxonomy of the Indian Diaspora in South Africa: Problems and Issues in Defining their Identity” in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 11, Dec., 1999, pp. 77-93. (Refereed)
  • “Study of Diaspora Hinduism: some theoretical issues”, in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vol. 15. December 2003, pp. 15-33. (Refereed) [ISSN: 1016-5320]
  • “From Denial and Displacement to Re-adjustment: Indian Diaspora in South Africa”, in Alternation, Special Edition 2 (2005), pp. 392-402. (Refereed)
  • “European Colonies and the Emergence of Hinduism in Southern and East Africa” in Nidan: International Journal for the Study of Hinduism, vol. 19, Dec, 2007, pp. 89-101. (Refereed)
  • “Hindus in Africa” entry in the Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Edited by Denise Cush, Catherine A. Robinson, Michael York. London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 9-16. [ISBN: 978-0-415-55623-1]. (Refereed)
  • “The Hare Krishnas in Durban: Transmitting Religious Ideas in a Modern City”, in Nidan: Journal for the Study of Hinduism, Vo., 21 (December 2009), pp. 92-109. [ISSN: 1016-5320] (Refereed)
  • “Place of Subcaste (Jati) Identity in the Discourse on Caste: Examination of Caste in the Diaspora” the Journal of South Asian Diaspora, Routledge. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2012, pp. 1-14. [ISSN: 1943-8192]. (Refereed)
  • “Food restrictions among Neo-Hindu Organizations and their impact on South African Hindu Society with Special Reference to Hare Krishna Movement in Chatsworth Township, Durban”, in The Oriental Anthropologist, vol. 12, No. 2. 2012, pp. 415-29. [ISSN: 0972-558X]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Resistance and Change: Strategies of Neo-Hindu Movements in South Africa’, in Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Vol. 4, (1-2) 2013, pp. 77-82. [ISSN 0976-6634]. (Refereed)
  • “Editorial: Social and Cultural World of the Indian Diaspora”, in Man in India, vol. 93, No. 4, October-December, 2013, pp. 485-494. (Refereed)
  • ‘Introduction: Socio-Religious and Cultural World of the Indian Diaspora’, in Indian Diaspora: Socio-cultural and Religious Worlds, pp. 1-20. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2015. [ISBN: 978-90-04-28798-3 (hard cover); 978-90-04-28806-5 (e-book). (Refereed)
  • ‘Representing Identity through Gurdwaras, Sikh Community in Nanaimo, British Columbia’, in Indian Diaspora: Socio-cultural and Religious Worlds, pp. 302-319. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2015. [ISBN: 978-90-04-28798-3 (hard cover); 978-90-04-28806-5 (e-book). (Refereed)
  • ‘In Retrospect: Some Theoretical Observations on the Socio-cultural and Religious World of the Indian Diaspora’, in Indian Diaspora: Socio-cultural and Religious Worlds, pp. 349-358. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2015. [ISBN: 978-90-04-28798-3 (hard cover); 978-90-04-28806-5 (e-book). (Refereed)
  • ‘Transgression and Power: Special Reference to Srividya Temple at Rush, New York’, in South Asian Diaspora,7, no.1, March 2015, 19-32. [electronic publication is available on [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19438192.2014.955342] [Print ISSN 1943-8192 Online ISSN 1943-8184]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Introducing Historical and Contemporary Issues in the South African Indian Diaspora’, in Contemporary Issues in the Indian Diaspora of South Africa, 1-17. Edited by P. Pratap Kumar. New Delhi: Serial Publications, 2016. [ISBN: 978-81-933190-3-1]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Victim Discourse and the Narrative of Indian Indenture Servitude’, in Contemporary Issues in the Indian Diaspora of South Africa, 18-37. Edited by P. Pratap Kumar. New Delhi: Serial Publications, 2016. [ISBN: 978-81-933190-3-1]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Hinduism in Africa’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Springer, 2016.
  • ‘Grey Street Casbah: Market Town as a Symbol of Indian Diasporic Experience’, in Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 54 (2), 2019, pp. 155-68. DOI: 10.1177/0021909618797147
  • “Two Paradigms of Interpretation of History” a critical review of Robert A. Huttenback’s Gandhi in South Africa: British Imperialism and the Indian Question, 1860-1914. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1971) and Maureen Swan’s Gandhi: The South African Experience. (Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1985). in Journal for the Study of Religion, South Africa, Vol. 12, Nos 1 & 2. 1999, pp. 99-112. (Refereed)
  • Book review: David Kinsley, Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in Hindu Religious Tradition, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988, in CSWR Bulletin, Harvard University, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1989/90, pp. 77-80. (Refereed)
  • Book review: Harvey Cox, Many Mansions: A Christian’s Encounter With Other Religions, in CSWR Bulletin, Harvard University, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1988-89, pp. 67-74. (Refereed)
  • Book Review: Robert Ellsberg (ed). Gandhi on Christianity. New York: Orbis Books, 1991, in Journal for the Study of Religion. 5, No. 1, March 1992, pp. 82-83. (Refereed)
  • Book Review: J. P. Shouten, Revolution of the Mystics: on the social aspects of Virasaivism. Kampen, The Netherlands: Kok Pharos Publishing House, 1991, in Journal for the Study of Religion. Vol. 6, No. 1, March 1993, pp. 90-92. (Refereed)
  • Book Review: K. S. Singh. (ed.) The Mahabharata in the Tribal and Folk Traditions of India. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 1993, pp. 264, in Nidan: Journal of the Department of Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy, University of Durban-Westville, Vol. 6, December 1994, pp. 44-46. (Refereed)
  • Review Essay on Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Edited by Richard Alba, Albert J Raboteau & Josh DeWind. New York: New York University Press, 2009, pp. 407. Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration, Vol. 5. No. 2, (2010/11), pp. 95-98.[ ISSN 1796-6582]. (Refereed)
  • Book Review Essay: Olupona, Jacob K. (2011) City of 201 Gods: Ile Ife in Time, Space, and the Imagination. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 334. [ISBN: 978-0-520-26555-4] in Numen, 2013, Vol. 60/1. pp. 145-148. [ISSN 0029-5973] (Refereed)
  • “Two Paradigms of Interpretation of History” a critical review of Robert A. Huttenback’s Gandhi in South Africa: British Imperialism and the Indian Question, 1860-1914. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1971) and Maureen Swan’s Gandhi: The South African Experience. (Johannesburg: Ravan Press, 1985). in Journal for the Study of Religion, South Africa, Vol. 12, Nos 1 & 2. 1999, pp. 99-112. (Refereed)
  • Book review: David Kinsley, Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in Hindu Religious Tradition, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988, in CSWR Bulletin, Harvard University, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1989/90, pp. 77-80. (Refereed)
  • Book review: Harvey Cox, Many Mansions: A Christian’s Encounter With Other Religions, in CSWR Bulletin, Harvard University, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1988-89, pp. 67-74. (Refereed)
  • Book Review: Robert Ellsberg (ed). Gandhi on Christianity. New York: Orbis Books, 1991, in Journal for the Study of Religion. 5, No. 1, March 1992, pp. 82-83. (Refereed)
  • Book Review: J. P. Shouten, Revolution of the Mystics: on the social aspects of Virasaivism. Kampen, The Netherlands: Kok Pharos Publishing House, 1991, in Journal for the Study of Religion. Vol. 6, No. 1, March 1993, pp. 90-92. (Refereed)
  • Book Review: K. S. Singh. (ed.) The Mahabharata in the Tribal and Folk Traditions of India. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 1993, pp. 264, in Nidan: Journal of the Department of Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy, University of Durban-Westville, Vol. 6, December 1994, pp. 44-46. (Refereed)
  • Review Essay on Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Edited by Richard Alba, Albert J Raboteau & Josh DeWind. New York: New York University Press, 2009, pp. 407. Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration, Vol. 5. No. 2, (2010/11), pp. 95-98.[ ISSN 1796-6582]. (Refereed)
  • Book Review Essay: Olupona, Jacob K. (2011) City of 201 Gods: Ile Ife in Time, Space, and the Imagination. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 334. [ISBN: 978-0-520-26555-4] in Numen, 2013, Vol. 60/1. pp. 145-148. [ISSN 0029-5973] (Refereed)

Chapters in Books

  • “Samkhya-Yoga influence on Srivaishnava philosophy with special reference to the Pancaratra system”, in Theory and Practice of Yoga: Essays in Honour of Gerald James Larson, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen. Leiden: Brill, 2005, pp. 129-142. (Refereed)
  • “Yāmuna in Srivaishnavism”, Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012, pp. 470-475. [ISSN 0169-9377; v.22/4. ISBN 978-90-04-17895-3]. (Refereed)
  • “Hindu Religious Traditions in Andhra” in Encyclopedia of Hinduism, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen et al. Leiden: Brill, 2009, pp. 187-200. (Refereed)
  • “Sociology of Hinduism” in The New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion, Blackwell Companion, edited by Bryan Turner. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Company, 2010, pp. 407-430. [9781405188524 (Print); 9781444320787 (online). (Refereed)
  • ‘Introduction’ in Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Philosophy and Religion, (Festschrift in honour of Prof. T.S. Rukmani) Edited by Pratap Kumar (University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa) and Jonathan Duquette (University of Montreal, Canada), New Delhi: DK Print Publishers, 2013. Pages xviii +462 [ISBN # 9788124606520], pp. 1-14. (Refereed)
  • “Economic Relations in Andhra Pradesh” in Modern Anthropology of India: Ethnography, Themes and Theory, Edited by Peter Berger and Frank Heidemann. London and New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 12-28. [ISBN: 978-0-415-58723-5 (hbk), ISBN: 978-0-415-58724-2 (pbk), ISBN: 978-0-203-52322-3 (ebk)]
  • ‘Introduction’, in Contemporary Hinduism. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Durham, UK: Acumen, 2013, pp. 1-14. [ISBN 978- 1- 84465- 670- 7]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Afterword’, in Contemporary Hinduism. Edited by Pratap Kumar. Durham, UK: Acumen, 2013, pp. 256-262. [ISBN 978- 1- 84465- 670- 7]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Eroticism in Hindu Texts and Modern Hindus’ in On Meaning and Mantras: Essays in Honor of Frits Staal, edited by George Thomas and Richard K Payne. Berkeley, CA: Institute of Buddhist Studies and BDK America, 2016, pp. 333-350. [ISBN: 978-1-886439-64-1]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Lakshmi/Sri’ in Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, Springer, 2016.
  • “Introduction” to the Volume on South Asians in the Diaspora jointly with Knut Jacobsen, South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions, edited by Knut Jacobsen and Pratap Kumar, Leiden: Brill, 2004, pp. ix-xxiv. (Refereed)
  • “Diversity among the Diaspora Hindus and the Issue of Ethnicity: Examples from South Africa and Britain”, in Religious Pluralism in the Diaspora, edited by Pratap Kumar, Leiden: E.J, Brill, 2006, pp. 269-286. (Refereed)
  • ‘Hinduism in East Africa’, in Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. 5, edited by Knut, A. Jacobsen. Ledien: Brill, 2013, pp. 222-228. [ISBN 978 90 04 17896 0]. (Refereed)
  • ‘Hinduism in South Africa’, in Brill Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. 5, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen. Leiden: Brill, 2013, pp. 300-306. [ISBN 978-90-04-17896-0]. (Refereed)
  • “Rathayatra of the Hare Krishnas in Durban: inventing strategies to transmit religious ideas in modern society” in South Asian Religions on Display: Religious processions in South Asia and in the Diaspora. Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen. London: Routledge, 2009, pp. 205-216. [978-0415544894], (Refereed)
  • “Women, Marriage and Family in Hindu Society”, International Encyclopaedia of Women: Global Issues, (Routledge International Encyclopaedia of Women’s Studies project edited by Dale Spender and Cheris Kramarae, scheduled for publication by Routledge, New York in November 2000. (Refereed)
  • “A Survey of New Approaches to the Study of Religion in India”, in Peter Antes, Armin W. Geertz, Randi R. Warne, eds.: New Approaches to the Study of Religion. Volume 1: Regional, Critical, and Historical Approaches (Religion and Reason 42), Verlag de Gruyter (Berlin & New York) in the Religion and Reason series, 2004, pp. 127-145. (Refereed) [ISBN: 3-11-017-698-X]
  • “G.C. Oosthuizen and the Study of Religion in KwaZulu Natal” jointly published with Johannes A. Smit, in Alternation, Special Edition 2 (2005), pp. 10-19. (Refereed) [ISSN 1023-1757]
  • “Introduction” to the volume, Religious Pluralism in the Diaspora, edited by Pratap Kumar, Leiden: E.J, Brill, 2006, pp. 1-14. (Refereed)
  • “A Brief Word”, in the volume, Religious Pluralism in the Diaspora, edited by Pratap Kumar, Leiden: E.J, Brill, 2006, pp. 363-365. (Refereed)
  • Global Religions and Local Cultures: ‘Introduction’ in Religion and Society: An Agenda for Twentieth Century, edited by Gerrie ter Haar & Yoshio Tsuruoka, Leiden: Brill, 2007, pp. 79-82. (Refereed)
  • “Insiders and Outsiders: Studying Hinduism non-Religiously” in Introducing Religion: Essays in Honour of Jonathan Z Smith, edited by Russell McCutcheon and Willi Braun. London: Equinox, 2008, pp. 192-207. [ISBN: 1845536525] (352pp). (Refereed)
  • “Introducing Hinduism in Practice” in Religions in Focus: New Approaches to Tradition and Contemporary Practices, Edited by Graham Harvey edited by Graham Harvey. London: Equinox. 2009, pp. 257-71. ISBN-13 (Paperback) 9781845532185. (Refereed)
  • “Should Theology be at the Heart of the Study of Religion?” in Discipleship and Dialogue. Festschrift volume in honour of Dr.Israel Selvanayagam, edited by E.J. Lott, Bangalore, India: SPCK Publishers, 2013, pp. 191-204. [978-81-8465-275-8]. (Refereed)

Forthcoming

  • ‘Caste, Language and Ritual: South African Indian Identity and Implications for a general theory of Caste’, (forthcoming).
  • ‘Two stories on the origins of the Pandavas: Issues of authenticity, legitimacy and deceit’ (forthcoming)
  • ‘Hindu-Christian Relations in the Diaspora: South Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific’ (forthcoming)
  • Book Review: Mallet, Victor. (2017). River of Life and River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future. Oxford: Oxford University Press. In the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. (forthcoming)

Community Involvement

  • 1998-2000 Chairperson of the Education Sub-Committee of the Ayurvedic (Traditional Indian Medicine) Liaison Committee of the Allied Professions Council of South Africa, Department of Health, South Africa.
  • 1999-2001 Launched a Programme in the Studies in Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine) at the former University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
  • 1995- to present involved in the development of Indian Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Teaching Expertise

  • Hinduism, Indian Philosophy, Comparative Religions, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion