Arnold H. Lowe Professor of Religious Studies
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Jim Laine, Arnold H. Lowe Professor and Chair of the Macalester Religious Studies department, specializes in the religions of Asia and Islam, and also teaches a course on Catholicism that features local ethnographic fieldwork assignments. He has authored three books, Visions of God: Theophany Narratives in the Mahabharata (1989), The Epic of Shivaji (2001) and Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India, (2003). The last stirred considerable controversy in India, resulting in a ban and indictment, both later overturned by the Supreme Court of India. He is now free to return to India, where he is pursuing a personal and scholarly interest in yoga. He has studied Sanskrit and Marathi intensively, and is writing a book on religion and power in world history.
BA: Texas Tech University, 1974
MTS: Harvard University, 1977
PhD: Harvard University, 1984
Please see a list of Professor Laine's publications in Selected Works
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