Episode 21

Arvind Sharma

Arvind Sharma is undoubtedly one of the World's greatest thinkers, especially in the fields of comparative religion, Hinduism, Indian philosophy and ethics, and the role of women in religion.

Arvind Sharma is undoubtedly one of the World's greatest thinkers, especially in the fields of comparative religion, Hinduism, Indian philosophy and ethics, and the role of women in religion. Pursuing a life-long interest in comparative religion, he gained an M.T.S. in 1974 and then a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University in 1978. Prior to his in-depth training in religion, he earned a B.A. in History, Economics, and Sanskrit from Allahabad University in 1958 and continued his interests in economics at Syracuse University, earning an M.A. in 1970. He was the first Infinity Foundation Visiting Professor of Indic Studies at Harvard University and succeeded Wilfred Cantwell Smith to the Birks Chair of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He has published over fifty books and five hundred articles in the fields of comparative religion, Hinduism, Indian philosophy and ethics, and the role of women in religion. Prof. Sharma is the recipient of numerious awards and special recognitions. His most recent work is entitled: Religious Tolerance: A History (2019)