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Dr Brian Black

Senior Lecturer

Brian Black

County South



Tel: +44 1524 593857

Office Hours:

My office hours are Mondays 1-3; Tuesdays 11-12.

Research overview

I received my MA and PhD in the Study of Religions from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I teach courses on Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as on comparative philosophy. I am author of the book:

I am co-editor of the following books:

  • Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata (http://www.routledge.com/books/Gender-and-Narrative-in-the-Mahabharata-isbn9780415544719)
  • Confronting Secularism in Europe and India: Legitimacy and Disenchantment in Contemporary Times (https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/confronting-secularism-in-europe-and-india-9781780936079/)
  • Dialogue in Early South Asian Religions: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Traditions (https://www.routledge.com/Dialogue-in-Early-South-Asian-Religions-Hindu-Buddhist-and-Jain-Traditions/Black-Patton/p/book/9781409440130).
  • In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation, and Interpretation (Routledge, forthcoming) 

I am co-editor (with Laurie Patton and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad) of the book series: Dialogues in South Asian Traditions: Religion, Philosophy, Literature and History:https://www.routledge.com/Dialogues-in-South-Asian-Traditions-Religion-Philosophy-Literature-and-History/book-series/ASTHASIAREL


My primary areas of research are:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Indian Philosophy
  • Indian Ethics
  • Comparative Philosophy
  • Multiculturalism, social justice, and secularism in South Asia
  • Gender in Indian religion and philosophy
  • Dialogue and narrative in the textual sources of South Asian religions  

Current Projects

Currently I am working on a book on dialogue in the Mahabharata, as well as on several articles on Indian philosophy

PhD supervision

I would be happy to supervise doctoral students working in the following areas - Hinduism, Indian Buddhism, Indian philosophy, Hindu ethics, Buddhist ethics, comparative philosophy, Indian secularism, gender and South Asian religions, religion and narrative in South Asia.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate Modules

Year 1

RST 100: (Section 3: Hinduism)

Year 2

PPR 253: Hinduism in the Modern World

Year 3

PPR 357: Politics and Religion


PPR 479: Sources of Indian Religion and Philosophy






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