Edwin Bryant (author)

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Edwin Francis Bryant
Born (1957-08-31) August 31, 1957 (age 58)
Nationality British
Alma mater Columbia University
Occupation Professor of religions of India

Edwin Francis Bryant is an American Indologist. Currently, he is professor of religions of India at Rutgers University.

Academic career[edit]

Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 1997, with a dissertation on the "Indigenous Aryans Debate". He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently professor of Religions of India at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion.[1] He has received numerous fellowships.[1]

In addition to his academic courses, Bryant currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country.[citation needed]


Bryant has published six books and authored a number of articles on Vedic history, yoga, and Krishna-bhakti tradition. He is an expert on Krishna tradition[2] and has translated the story of Krishna from the Sanskrit Bhagavata Purana.[3]

  • 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

The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture[edit]

Bryant is the author of The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture (Oxford University Press, 2001).[4]

Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History[edit]

This book, published in 2005, contains a series of articles by several authors on the Indo-Aryan Migartion theory, and some alternative interpretations. According to Edwin Bryant, most of the evidence regarding the Indo-Aryan Migration is inconclusive, noting that he's not convinced of the Indo-Aryan migrations theory, but is also not convinced of an "Out-of-India position", since the support of it is of minor significance. The book is criticized by Stephanie Jamison, who writes in a review that the book puts "a gloss of intellectual legitimacy [...] on what is essentially a religio-nationalistic attack on a scholarly consensus."[5]

Translation of the Yoga Sutras[edit]

In 2007 Bryant completed a translation of the Yoga Sutras and their traditional commentaries.[4] The translation was published in 2009 by North Point Press as The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (with Insights from the Traditional Commentators).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "CURRICULUM VITAE" (PDF). Rutgers University. p. 1. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Ahimsa Debate". Yoga Journal: 130. May 2006. 
  3. ^ "Edwin Bryant". Yoga Journal: 68. November 2001. 
  4. ^ a b Edwin Francis Bryant (2007). Krishna: a sourcebook. Oxford University Press US. pp. x. ISBN 0-19-514892-4. 
  5. ^ Jamison, Stephanie W. (2006). "The Indo-Aryan controversy: Evidence and inference in Indian history (Book review)" (PDF). Journal of Indo-European Studies 34: 255–261. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kent, Eliza (2004). "Book Review: "The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate"". Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 17. doi:10.7825/2164-6279.1326. 
  • Guha, Sudheshna (2007). "The Indo-Aryan controversy: Evidence and inference in Indian history (Book review)". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Third Series 17 (3): 340–343. JSTOR 25188742. 
  • Glucklich, Ariel (2006). "The Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and inference in Indian history (Book review)". International Journal of Hindu Studies 10 (3): 333–334. JSTOR 20106980. 

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