Paul Dundas

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Paul Dundas
Born(1952-05-23)23 May 1952
Died5 April 2023(2023-04-05) (aged 71)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
EmployerUniversity of Edinburgh
AwardsPrakrit Jñānabhāratī International Awards (2019)

Paul Dundas (23 May 1952 – 5 April 2023) was a British Indologist and an honorary fellow in Sanskrit language and Head of Asian studies at the University of Edinburgh.[1] His teachings and research focused extensively on understanding Jainism, Buddhism, Sanskrit literature and Middle Indo-Aryan philology.[2][3][4] He was regarded as one of the leading scholars in Jaina and Prakrit studies.[5] He was a member of the Council of the Pali Text Society.[6]

Bibliography and research papers[edit]


Following is the partial list of his books:

  • Dundas, P. (1992). The Jains. The Library of religious beliefs and practices. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-26606-2
  • Dundas, P. (1998). The meat at the wedding feasts: Kr̥ṣṇa, vegetarianism and a Jain dispute. [Toronto]: Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto. OCLC Number: 43745945
  • Alphen, J. v., Pal, P., & Dundas, P. (2000). Steps to liberation: 2,500 years of Jain art and religion. Antwerpen: Etnografisch Museum. OCLC Number: 44834857
  • Dundas, P. (2007). History, scripture and controversy in a medieval Jain sect. Routledge advances in Jaina studies. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-37611-2 OCLC Number: 68373250
  • Dundas, P (2017). Editing and translation of Magha's The Killing of Shishupala, Murty Classical Library of India, Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-66039-7

Research papers and conferences[edit]

  • "Conversion to Jainism : Historical Perspectives" in R. Robinson and S. Clarke ( ed. ), Religious Conversion in India: Modes, Motivations, and Meanings, New Delhi: Oxford University Press 2003, pp. 125–48.
  • "Haribhadra's Lalitavistara and the legend of Siddharsi's conversion to Jainism", in O. Qvarnstrom (ed. ), Jainism and Early Buddhism: Essays in Honor of Padmanabh S. Jaini, Fremont: Asian Humanities Press 2003, 151–66.
  • "Beyond Anekantavada: A Jain Approach to Religious Tolerance", in T. Sethia ( ed. ), Ahimsa, Anekanta and Jainism, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass 2004, 123–36.
  • Il Jainismo: L'antica religione indiana della non-violenza; Prefazione di Raffaele Torella, Roma: Castelvecchi 2005 (Italian translation of The Jains, second enlarged edition, London and New York Routledge 2002).
  • "A Non-Imperial Religion? Jainism in its 'Dark Age'", in P. Olivelle (ed.), Between the Empires: Society in India 300BCE-400BCE, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 383–414.
  • "The Later Fortunes of Jamali", in P. Flugel (ed.), Studies in Jaina History and Culture: Disputes and dialogues, London and New York: Routledge 2006, pp. 33–60.

Later projects[edit]

  • A translation with commentary of Yasovijaya's Dvatrimsaddvatrimsika.
  • A study of the historical representation of the Jain Pancanamaskara mantra, with particular reference to Yasovijaya's Arhadgita.
  • A systematic investigation of the Sanskrit and Prakrit texts of the "Haribhadra corpus".


  1. ^ "Paul Dundas". The University of Edinburgh. 18 May 2023. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  2. ^ bisschop, peter (10 April 2023). "[INDOLOGY] Paul Dundas (1952-2023)". Retrieved 20 May 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Norman, K. R. (1995). "The Jains. By. Paul Dundas. (Library of religious beliefs and practices), Routledge: London New York, 1992. Pp. xii, 276". Modern Asian Studies. 29 (2): 439–441. doi:10.1017/S0026749X00012804. ISSN 1469-8099. S2CID 143686109.
  4. ^ Dundas, Paul; Dundas, Paul-link2 (5 January 2017). The Killing of Shishupala. Murty Classical Library of India. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-66039-7.
  5. ^ "Understanding Jainism". 2 July 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Speakers | The Institute for South Asia Studies". Retrieved 20 May 2023.