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Klaus Klostermaier

Klaus K. Klostermaier
Born 1933
Munich, Germany
Nationality Canadian
Education PhD in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome (1961),
PhD in Ancient Indian History and Culture from the University of Bombay (1969).
Known for Sanskrit and Hindu scholar
Title University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Klaus K. Klostermaier (born 1933) is a researcher on Hinduism and Indian history and culture. He obtained a PhD in philosophy from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1961, and another in "Ancient Indian History and Culture" from the University of Bombay in 1969.

He joined the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 1970. He is the recipient of a Rh-Institute Award for "Excellence in the Humanities", of a Templeton Course Award in Science and Religion and an Award for Excellence in Graduate teaching from the University of Manitoba. In 1986 he was elected "Distinguished Professor."

He was nominated in 1998 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,[1] and was Head of the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba (Canada) from 1986 to 1997, and director of an "Asian Studies Center", 1990–1995.

He was the Director of Academic Affairs at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies from 1997–1998. A festschrift in his honour was published in 2004.[2] He has spent ten years in India and has researched primary sources in various languages, including Sanskrit, Hindi, Pali, Latin, Classical Greek, German, Italian and French.[3]

Selected works

He is the author of 53 works in seven languages listed at worldCat [4]


George M. Williams described Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism as "Excellent resource by top scholar featuring concise entries."[5] Harold Coward describes the 2nd edition of A Survey of Hinduism as "This book offers the most comprehensive, balanced, accessible and yet deeply scholarly presentation of Hinduism in English."[6]

Klostermaier's Survey of Hinduism is said to favour "Hindu voices" in its presentation and thereby offer views that have little currency in scholarship.[7] For example, it states that the Indus Valley Civilization is Vedic, which pushes back the Vedic period by several thousand years beyond the accepted chronology.[8] Similar criticism have also been voiced about the Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism.[9] Michael Witzel has called him a "recent convert to a Frawleyan view of the world which pictures India as the unique cradle of civilization at 10,000 BCE."[10]:126

See also


  1. ^ The Royal Society of Canada, The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada.
  2. ^ Bocken, Iñigo Kristien Marcel, Wilhelm Dupré, and Paul van der Velde. The Persistent Challenge: Religion, Truth, and Scholarship : Essays in Honor of Klaus Klostermaier. Maastricht: Uitgeverij Shaker Publishing, 2004. ISBN 978-90-423-0250-1
  3. ^ Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba.
  4. ^ WorldCat, Klostermaier, Klaus K.
  5. ^ George M. Williams. Handbook of Hindu Mythology. Oxford University. p. 314. 
  6. ^ A Survey of Hinduism. Sunnypress. 
  7. ^ Joel P. Brereton (1991). "A Survey of Hinduism by Klaus K. Klostermaier (Review)". Journal of Asian History 25 (1): 86–87. JSTOR 41930803. 
  8. ^ Knut A. Jacobsen (1997). "A Survey of Hinduism by Klaus K. Klostermaier (Review)". Numen 44 (1): 97–98. JSTOR 3270387. 
  9. ^ Patricia M. Greer (2002). "A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism by Klaus K. Klostermaier (Review)". International Journal of Hindu Studies 6 (1): 92–94. JSTOR 20106796. 
  10. ^ Witzel, Michael (2003). "Ein Fremdling im Rgveda". Journal of Indo-European Studies 31 (1 & 2): 107–185. 

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