Arnold H. Lowe Professor of Religious Studies

Old Main, 103

Jim Laine, Arnold H. Lowe Professor, 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

Fall 2017 — Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment