Robert Leach

Robert Leach, Dr.

Researcher SNSF-Project "Online-Edition der Paippalada-Rezension des Atharvaveda"


Phone: +41 44 634 52 27

Room number: RAA H-29

Academic Biography

BA (Hons), Trinity College Dublin (1999). MA in Indian Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2001). PhD in Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh (2012). Lecturer in Sanskrit, Department of Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh (2012-13). Post-doctoral Researcher, University Research Priority Programme “Asia and Europe”, University of Zurich (2012-2014). SNF Post-doctoral Researcher, Dept. of Indology, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich (2014-2017).

Research Interests

Hinduism, Indian Philosophy, Mahābhārata, Pāñcarātra Literature

Post-doc project

„Taxonomies of Religious and Philosophical Knowledge in Classical Sanscrit Literature“

Selected Publications

  • Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology Volume 3. Edited by: Leach, Robert; Pons, Jessie (2015). Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  • Leach, Robert (2014). A Religion of the Book? On Sacred Texts in Hinduism. Expository Times, 126(1):15-27.
  • Leach, Robert (2014). The Three Jewels and the Formation of the Pāñcarātra Canon. In: Ciotti, Giovanni; Gornall, Alastair; Visigalli, Paolo. Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology Volume 2. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 121-153.
  • Leach, Robert (2011), Book Review “Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History by Andrew Nicholson”, in: Literature and Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory and Culture, Volume 25, No. 4: 474-477.