Richard King

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Richard King, Professor of Religion and Culture in the Divinity School Senior Research Fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture.

"Richard King was formerly Professor of Asian Philosophy and Comparative Religion and Chair of the Religion department at Derby University (UK) and before that was Reader and Chair of Religious Studies at Stirling University in Scotland. He has served as visiting professor and guest lecturer at Liverpool Hope and Cambridge Universities and has delivered public lectures at universities in Europe and the United States.

"Professor King's main research interests include: Indian philosophical schools (especially Advaita Vedanta), Mahayana Buddhist thought in India, the impact of coloniality on Indian wisdom traditions, poststructuralist and postcolonial approaches to the study of religion, and the comparative study of mysticism and spirituality.

"He has published a number of articles on various aspects of Hindu and Buddhist thought and theory and method in the study of religion and is the author of four books." [1]


  • Early Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism: The Mahayana Context of the Gaudapadiya-Karika (State University of New York Press, 1995).
  • Orientalism and Religion. Postcolonial Theory, India and "the Mystic East" (Routledge, 1999).
  • Indian Philosophy. An Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Thought (Edinburgh University Press, 1999/ Georgetown University Press, 2000).
  • Selling Spirituality. The Silent Takeover of Religion (Routledge, 2005, co-authored with Jeremy Carrette)

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  1. Richard King, Vanderbilt University, accessed March 10, 2009.