Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos

Published: 14.01.2018


Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Raum 434 Ludwigstraße 31


Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 - 5782



Robert J. Zydenbos was born in Toronto, Canada and studied Indian Philosophy and Dravidology at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Indian languages and religions at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). He has taught at universities in Germany, India and Canada. At present, the co-founder of the Manya Verlag München is professor of Modern Indology in the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München (Munich), Germany.

The main research interests of the Canadian-Dutch Indologist, philosopher and Dravidologist concern modern and classical India: thematically religion and philosophy, regionally the South Indian state of Karnataka. In particular he has occupied himself with Jainism, the Vaishnavism of Madhva, and Virashaivism. Of the numerous languages which he learnt to read and speak in the course of his life, he at present teaches only Sanskrit, Kannada and Tamil. 

Select bibliography:

  • Jainism Today and its Future. Manya Verlag, München 2006.
  • The Calf Became An Orphan. A study in contemporary Kannada fiction. Institut français de Pondichéry / École française d'Extrême-Orient, Pondicherry 1996.
  • Moksa in Jainism, according to Umâsvâti. Fr. Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden 1983 (Beiträge zur Südasien-Forschung, Südasien-Institut, Universität Heidelberg. Band 83).


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