Edwin Bryant (author)

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Edwin Francis Bryant
Born (1957-08-31) August 31, 1957 (age 57)
Occupation Indologist

Edwin Francis Bryant is an American indologist. He received his Ph.D. in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 1997.[1] He was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of World Religion, Harvard University, from 1997-2000.[1] In 2001 he was appointed associate professor of religion at Rutgers University, New Jersey, where he presently teaches Hindu religion and philosophy.[2][3]

Edwin Bryant has received numerous awards and fellowships,[4] published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and Krishna-bhakti tradition. He is an expert on Krishna tradition[5] and has translated the story of Krishna from the Sanskrit Bhagavata Purana.[6]

Bryant is the author of The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture (Oxford University Press, 2001). J. P. Mallory commented on this book: "Edwin Bryant's The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture ... systematically exposes the logical weaknesses of most of the arguments that support the consensus of either side. This is not only an important work in the field of Indo-Aryan studies but a long overdue challenge for scholarly fair play." In 2007 Bryant completed a translation of the Yoga Sutras and their traditional commentaries.[7] The translation was published in 2009 by North Point Press as The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (with Insights from the Traditional Commentators).


  • Edwin F. Bryant The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate. — Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. — xi, 387 p. — ISBN 0-19-513777-9, ISBN 0-19-516947-6 (pbk.)
  • Edwin F. Bryant Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God; Śrīmad Bhāgavata Purāṇa, Book X; with chapters 1, 6 and 29-31 from Book XI / Translated with an introduction and notes by Edwin F. Bryant. — London: Penguin Books, 2003. — xxxi, 515 p. — ISBN 0-14-044799-7
  • Edwin F. Bryant and Maria L. Ekstrand The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant. — New York; Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2004. — xix, 448 p. — ISBN 0-231-12256-X
  • Edwin F. Bryant and Laurie L. Patton Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History. — 1st ed. — London: Routledge, 2005. — 522 p. — ISBN 0-7007-1462-6 (cased), ISBN 0-7007-1463-4 (pbk.)
  • Edwin F. Bryant Krishna: a Sourcebook. — 1st ed. — Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. — xiv, 575 p. — ISBN 0-19-514891-6 (hbk.) ISBN 0-19-514892-4 (pbk.)
  • Edwin F. Bryant The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali: A New Edition, Translation, and Commentary with Insights from the Traditional Commentators. — 1st ed., illustrated. — New York: North Point Press, 2009. — xvii, 598 p. — ISBN 0-86547-736-1


  1. ^ a b Edwin F. Bryant, Anonymous (2004). Krishna: the Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X), Book 10. Penguin Classics. p. 1. ISBN 0-14-044799-7. 
  2. ^ Edwin Bryant, Laurie L. Patton (2005). The Indo-Aryan controversy: evidence and inference in Indian history. Routledge. pp. vii. ISBN 0-7007-1463-4. 
  3. ^ Murdock, D. M.; Acharya S (2009). The Gospel According to Acharya S. Stellar House Publishing. p. 84. ISBN 0-9799631-2-5. 
  4. ^ "CURRICULUM VITAE". Rutgers University. p. 1. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Ahimsa Debate". Yoga Journal: 130. May 2006. 
  6. ^ "Edwin Bryant". Yoga Journal: 68. November 2001. 
  7. ^ Edwin Francis Bryant (2007). Krishna: a sourcebook. Oxford University Press US. pp. x. ISBN 0-19-514892-4. 


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