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Patrick Olivelle

Professor Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities #1, Department of Asian Studies
Patrick Olivelle

Contact

  • Phone: 512-475-6032
  • Office: WCH 4.112
  • Office Hours: FALL 2009: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-2 p.m.
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Biography

Patrick Olivelle served as the Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin from 1994 to 2007, where he is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions. Prior to coming to Texas, Olivelle taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1974 to 1991, where he was the Department Chair 1984-90.

Olivelle's current research focuses on the ancient Indian legal tradition of Dharmaśāstra. He has edited and translated the four early Dharmasūtras. He has also prepared a critical edition of the Law Code of Manu (Mānava Dharmaśāstra). A new translation based on the critically edited text was published in Spring 2004 in the Oxford World's Classics series and the critical edition was published in 2005.

In the mid-1990's Olivelle worked on the late Vedic literature, producing an award-winning translation of the early Upaniṣads, as well as a scholar's edition of them. His early work was focused on the ascetic and monastic traditions of India. He published several editions, translations, and studies of ascetic texts and institutions. His award-winning book on the āśrama system was published in 1993.

Olivelle has won several prestigious fellowships, including Guggenheim, NEH, and ACLS. He was elected Vice President of the American Oriental Society in 2004 and President in 2005.

Publications

Article: 2013. "Talking Animals: Explorations in an Indian Literary Genre." Religions of South Asia 7: 14-26. Published simultaneously in Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore. Ed. Fabrizio M. Ferrari and Thomas Dähnhardt. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.

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Book: 2013. King, Governance, and Law in Ancient India: Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra. New York: Oxford University Press. 784 pages.

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Article: 2013. "Hair" in Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Ed. Knut A. Jacobsen.

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Book: 2012. (with Mark McClish). The Arthaśāstra: Selections from the Classic Indian Work on Statecraft. Cambridge, Mas.: Hackett Publishing Company.

Article: 2012. "Material Culture and Philology: Semantics of Mining in Ancient India." Journal of the American Oriental Society 132: 23-30.

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Article: 2012. "Kaṇṭakaśodhana: Courts of Criminal Justice in Ancient India." In Devadattīyam: Johannes Bronkhorst Felicitation Volume. Ed. François Voegeli et al., pp. 629-641. Bern: Peter Lang.

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Article: 2012. "Kings, Ascetics, and Brahmins: The Socio-Political Context of Ancient Indian Religions." In Dynamiken der Religionsgeschichte zwischen Asien und Europa. Ed. Volkhard Krech and Marion Steinicke, pp. 117-135. Leiden: Brill.

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Article: 2012. "Patañjali and the Beginnings of Dharmaśāstra: An Alternate Social History of Early Dharmasūtra Production." Aux abords de la clairière: Colloque en l'honneur de Ch. Malamoud, pp. 117-133.Bibliothèque de l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes - Sciences religieuses. Paris: Brepolis.

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Edited Volume: 2012. (with Himanshu Prabha Ray and Janice Leoshko) Reimagining Aśoka: Memory and History. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 450 pages.

Article: 2012. "Aśoka's Inscriptions as Text and Ideology." In Reimagining Aśoka: Memory and History, ed. Patrick Olivelle, Himanshu Prabha Ray and Janice Leoshko, pp. 157-183. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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Article: 2012. “The Implicit Audience of Legal Texts in Ancient India.” Saṃskr̥ta-Sādhutā, Goodness of Sanskrit: Studies in Honour of Professor Ashok N. Aklujkar.” Ed. Ed. Chikafumi Watanabe, Michele Desmarais, and Yoshichika Honda, pp. 422-428. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld.

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Outreach Article. 2012. "What I Do." Alcalde January 2012, pp. 8-10.

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Article: 2011. "War and Peace: Semantics of saṃdhi and vigraha in the Arthaśāstra." In Bertil Tikkanen and Albion M. Butters (eds.), Pūrvāparaprajñābhinandanam: Indological and Other Essays in Honour of Klaus
Karttunen,
pp. 131-139. Studia Orientalia 110. Helsinki: Societas Orientalis Fennica.

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Online publication: 2011. "Mānava-Dharmaśāstra" an annotated bibliography."Alf Hiltebeitel. (ed.), Oxford Bibliography Online: Hinduism. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Article: 2011. "Penance and Punishment: Marking the Body in Criminal Law and Social Ideology of
Ancient India." Journal of Hindu Studies (Oxford University Press) 4: 1-19.

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Encyclopedia article: 2010. "Upaniṣads and Āraṇyakas." In nut A. Jacobsen (ed.), Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism,
Vol. 2, pp. 41-55. Leiden: Brill.

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Encyclopedia article: 2010. "Dharmaśāstra." In Knut A. Jacobsen (ed.), Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol. 2, pp. 56-71. Leiden: Brill.

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Encyclopedia article: 2010. "Āśrama and Saṃnyāsa." in Knut A. Jacobsen (ed.), Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Vol.
2, pp. 684-689. Leiden: Brill.

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Article: 2010. "Dharmaśāstra: A Literary History." In T. Lubin, D. Davis, and J. K. Krishnan (eds.), Hinduism and Law: An Introduction, pp. 28-57. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Article: 2009. "The Temple in Sanskrit Legal Literature." In H. P. Ray(ed), Archaeology and Text: Temple in South Asia, pp. 191-204. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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Book: 2009. Viṣṇu's Code of Law: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Vaiṣṇava Dharmaśāstra.
Harvard Oriental Series, No. 73. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 593 pages.

Edited volume: 2009. Dharma: Studies in Its Semantic, Cultural, and Religious History. Delhi:
Motilal Banarsidass. 492 pages. Expanded new edition of 2004.

Encyclopedia article: 2009. "Hindu Law: The Formative Period, 400 BCE-400 CE." In Stanley N. Katz (ed.), Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History, Vol. 3, pp. 151-155. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Edited volume: 2009. Aśoka In History and Historical Memory. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 149
pages.

Article: 2009. "The Living and the Dead: Ideology and Social Dynamics of Ancestral Commemoration in
India." In H. L. Seneviratne (ed.), The Anthropologist and the Native: Essays for Gananath Obeyesekere, pp. 65-74. Florence: Societa Editrice Fiorentina.

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Encyclopedia article: 2009. "Manusmriti." In Stanley N. Katz (ed.), Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History,
Vol. 4, pp. 144-145. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Book. 2008. Life of the Buddha: Buddhacarita by Asvaghosa. Clay Sanskrit Library. New York: New York University Press. 597 pages.

Article: 2008. "Celibacy in Classical Hinduism." In C. Olson (Ed.), Celibacy and Religious Traditions, pp.151-164. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Article. 2008. "Orality, Memory, and Power: Vedic Scriptures and Brahmanical Hegemony in India." In V.L. Wimbush (Ed.), Theorizing Scriptures: New Critical Orientations to a Cultural Phenomenon,(pp.214-219. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

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Book: 2008. Collected Essays II: Ascetics and Brahmins. Florence: University of Florence Press, 2008.
pp. 328. [new edition of 2006]

Book: 2008. Collected Essays I: Language, Texts, and Society. Florence: University of Florence Press, 2008.
pp. 419. [new edition of 2005]

Article. 2007. "Manu and Gautama: A Study in Sastric Intertextuality." In K. Preisendanz (Ed.) Expanding and Merging Horizons: Contributions to South Asian and Cross-Cultural Studies in Commemoration of Wilhelm Halbfass, pp.681-692. Vienna, Austria: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

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Article. 2007. "The Term vikrama in the Vocabulary of Asvaghosa." In B. Kellner (Ed.), Pramanakirtih: Papers Dedicated to Ernst Steinkellner on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, pp.587-595. Two Volumes. Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde. Vienna: Arbeitskreis für Tibetsche und Buddhistische Studien.

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Article. 2007. "On the Road: The Religious Significance of Walking." In Theatrum Mirabiliorum Indiae Orientalis: A Volume to Celebrate the 70th Birthday of Professor Maria Krzysztof Byrski. Rocznik Orientalistyczny 50: 173-187.

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Article. 2007. "The Date and Provenance of the Viṣṇu-Smṛti." Indologica Taurinensia 33: 149-164.

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Book: 2006. Ascetics and Brahmins: Studies in Ideologies and Institutions. Florence: University of Florence Press. 328 pages.

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Article: 2006. "The Ascetic and the Domestic in Brahmanical Religiosity." In O. Freiberger (Ed.), Critics of Asceticism: Historical Accounts and Comparative Perspectives, pp.25-42. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Article: 2006. "Explorations in the Early History of Dharmaśāstra." In Patrick Olivelle (ed.), Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BC to 400 CE, pp. 169-190. Oxford University Press, New York.

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Article: 2006. "The Beast and the Ascetic: The Wild in the Indian Religious Imagination." In Patrick Olivelle, Ascetics and Brahmins: Studies in Ideologies and Institutions. Florence: University of Florence Press, pp. 91-100.

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Article: 2006. "Heart in the Upanisads." Revisti di Studi Sudasiatici 1: 51-67.

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Book: 2005. Language, Texts, and Society: Explorations in Ancient Indian Culture and Religion. Florence: University of Florence Press. 420 pages.

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Book: 2005. Dharmasutra Parallels. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 230 pages.

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Book: 2005. Manu's Code of Law: A Critical Edition and Translation of the Manava-Dharmasastra. New York: Oxford University Press.1131 pages.

Article: 2005."Rebirth and Karma in Cross-Cultural Context." Gananath Obeyesekere Volume. In The Midweek Magazine of THE ISLAND. Wednesday 2, February 2005

Article: 2005. "Power of Words: The Ascetic Appropriation and the Semantic Evolution of dharma." In Language, Texts, and Society: Explorations in Ancient Indian Culture and Religion, pp. 120-135.Florence: University of Florence Press, 2005.

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Edited volume: 2004. Dharma: Studies in Its Semantic, Cultural, and Religious History. Special double issue of Journal of Indian Philosophy. Vol. 32, pp. 421–873.

Book: 2004. The Law Code of Manu (based on the critical edition). Oxford World's Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 365 pages.

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Article: 2004. "Manu and the Arthaśāstra: A Study in Sastric Intertextuality." Journal of Indian Philosophy 32: 281-291.

Encyclopedia article: 2004. "Hair." In Encyclopedia of Buddhism, ed. Robert E. Buswell, p. 313. Two vols. New York: Macmillan Reference.

Article: 2004. "Rhetoric and Reality: Women's Agency in the Dharmaśāstras." In R. Crusz, M. Fernando & A. Tilakaratne (Eds.), Encounters with the Word: Essays to Honour Aloysium Pieris, pp.489-505. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue.

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Article: 2004. "The Semantic History of Dharma The Middle and Late Vedic Periods." In Dharma: Studies in Its Semantic, Cultural, and Religious History, ed. Patrick Olivelle. Special issue of Journal of Indian Philosophy 32: 491–511.

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Article: 2003. "The Renouncer Traditions." In G. Flood (Ed.), The Companion to Hinduism, pp.271-287. Oxford: Blackwell.

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Article: 2002. "Structure and Composition of the Mānava Dharmaśāstra." Journal of Indian Philosophy 30: 535-574.

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Article: 2002. "Abhaksya and abhojya: An Exploration in Dietary Language." Journal of the American Oriental Society 122: 345-354.

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Article: 2002. "Food for Thought: Dietary Regulations and Social Organization in Ancient India." 2001 Gonda Lecture. Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Encyclopedia article. 2002. "Karma." Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Encyclopedia article. 2002. "Moksa." Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Encyclopedia article. 2002. "Upaniṣads." Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Article: 2002. "On Meat-Eaters and Grass-Eaters: An Exploration of Human Nature in Kathā and Dharma Literature." In S.J. Rosen (Ed.), Holy War: Violence and the Bhagavad-gita, pp.99-116. Hampton, Virginia: Deepak Publishing.

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Book: 2000. The Dharmasutras of Āpastamba, Gautama, Baudhāyana, and Vasiṣṭha. Sanskrit editions and annotated translations. In Sources of Indian Law, ed. Patrick Olivelle.Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 783 pages.

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Book: 1999. Dharmasūtras: The Law Codes of Ancient India (annotated translation of the Dharmasūtras of Āpastamba, Gautama, Baudhāyana, and Vasiṣṭha). Oxford World's Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 480 pages.

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Article: 1999. "Sanskrit Commentators and the Transmission of Texts: Haradatta on Āpastamba Dharmasūtra." Journal of Indian Philosophy 27: 551-574.

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Article: 1999. "Young Śvetaketu: A Literary Study of an Upanisadic Story." Journal of the American Oriental Society 119: 46-70.

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Book: 1998. The Early Upaniṣads: Annotated Text and Translation. (edition with variants, translation, and notes) South Asia Research Series. New York: Oxford University Press. 700 pages.

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Article. 1998. "Caste and Purity: A Study in the Language of the Dharma Literature." Contributions to Indian Sociology 32: 190-216.

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Article: 1998. "Unfaithful Transmitters: Philological Criticism and Critical Editions of the Upaniṣads." Journal of Indian Philosophy 26: 173-187.

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Article: 1998. "Hair and Society: Social Significance of Hair in South Asian Traditions." In A. Hiltebeitel & B.D. Miller (Eds.), Hair: Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures, pp.11-49. New York: State University of New York Press.

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Book: 1997. Pancatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 247 pages.

Article. 1997. "Amrta: Women and Indian Technologies of Immortality." Journal of Indian Philosophy 25: 427-449.

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Article. 1997. "Orgasmic Rapture and Divine Ecstasy: The Semantic History of ānanda." Journal of Indian Philosophy 25: 153-180.

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Book: 1996. The Upanisads. Oxford World's Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 504 pages.

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Article: 1996. "Dharmaskandhāḥ and Brahmasaṃsthaḥ: A Study of Chandogya Upanisad 2.23.1." Journal of the American Oriental Society 116: 205-219.

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Book: 1995. Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism: critical edition and translation of
Yādava Prakāśa's Yatidharmasamuccaya.
Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 443 pages.

Enclopedia article: 1995. "Hindu Ascetcism." In HarperCollins Dictionary of Religion. Ed. Jonathan Z. Smith. San
Francisco: HarperCollins.

Article. 1995. "Deconstruction of the Body in Indian Asceticsm." In V.L. Wimbush & R. Valantasis (Eds.), Asceticism, pp.188-210. New York: Oxford University Press.

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Article. 1995. "Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement: The Inner Conflict in Indian Religions." In D.S. Lopez (Ed.), Sources of Indian Religions, pp.533-546. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

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Article. 1995. "Food in India: A Review Essay." Journal of Indian Philosophy 23: 367-380.

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Book: 1993. The Āśrama System: History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution. New York: Oxford University Press. 274 pages.

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Book: 1992. The Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and Renunciation. New York: Oxford University Press. 320 pages.

Article. 1991. "From Feast to Fast: Food and the Indian Ascetic." In J. Leslie (Ed.), Rules and Remedies in Classical Indian Law (Panels of the VIIth World Sanskrit Conference Vol. 9), pp.17-36. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

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Article. 1990. "Village vs. Wilderness: Ascetic Ideals and the Hindu World." In A.B. Creel & V. Narayanan (Eds.), Monasticism in the Christian and Hindu Traditions: A Comparative Study,(pp.125-160. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press.

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Book: 1987. Renunciation in Hinduism: A Medieval Debate. Volume II: The Viśiṣṭādvaita Argument. Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna - Institute for Indology. 156 pages.

Article. 1987. "King and Ascetic: State Control of Asceticism in the Arthaśāstra. Festschrift Ludo Rocher, Adyar Library Bulletin 50: 39-59.

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Article. 1987.  "Gananath Obeyesekere and the Study of Religion." Contributions to Indian Sociology 21: 29-35.

Book: 1986. Saṃnyāsapaddhati of Rudradeva. Critically edited with introduction and notes. Madras, India: The Adyar Library and Research Center. 226 pages.

Book: 1986. Renunciation in Hinduism: A Medieval Debate. Volume I:The Debate and the Advaita Argument. Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna - Institute for Indology. 193 pages.

Encyclopedia article: 1986. "Saṃnyāsa." In The New Encyclopedia of Religion, ed Mircea Eliade, Vol. 13, pp. 51-53.
New York: Macmillan & Co.

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Encyclopedia article. 1986. "Rites of Passage: The Hindu Rites." in The New Encyclopedia of Religion, ed Mircea Eliade, Vol. 13, pp. 5387-392. New York: Macmillan & Co.

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Article. 1984. "Function of Textual Tradition in Sannyāsin Orders." In P. Gaeffke & D.A. Utz (Eds.), Identity and Division of Cults and Sects in South Asia, pp.45-57. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania - Department of South Asia Regional Studies.

Article: 1984. "Renouncer and Renunciation in the Dharmaśāstras." In R. Lariviere (Ed.), Studies in Dharmasastra, pp.81-152. Calcutta: Firma KLM.

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Article. 1981. "Ānandatīrtha's Saṃnyāsapaddhati: A Handbook for Madhvaite Ascetics." Adyar Library Bulletin 44-45: 293-303.

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Article. 1981. "Contributions to the Semantic History of Saṃnyāsa." Journal of the American Oriental Society 101: 265-274.

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Article. 1981. "Praṇavamīmāṃsā: A Newly Discovered Work of Vidyāraṇya." Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute 62: 75-101.

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Article. 1980. "Pañcamāśramavidhi: Rite for Becoming a Naked Ascetic." Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 24: 129-145.

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Article: 1978. "Ritual Suicide and the Rite of Renunciation." Wiener Zeitschrift fur die Künde Südasiens 22: 19-44.

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Article. 1978. "The Integration of Renunciation by Orthodox Hinduism." Journal of the Oriental Institute (Baroda) 28: 27-36.

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Book: 1977. Vāsudevāśrama Yatidharmaprakāśa. A Treatise on World Renunciation. Part II: Annotated English Translation. Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna - Institute for Indology. 231 pages.

Book: 1976. Vāsudevāśrama Yatidharmaprakāśa. A Treatise on World Renunciation. Part I: Sanskrit Text. Vienna, Austria: University of Vienna - Institute for Indology. 139 pages.

Article: 1976. "Odes of Renunciation." Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 20: 91-100.

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Article. 1975. "A Definition of World Renunciation." Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 19: 75-83.

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Book: 1974. The Origin and the Early Development of Buddhist Monachism. Colombo, Sri Lanka: M.D. Gunasena. 86 pages.

Article. 1974. "The Notion of Āśrama in the Dharmaśāstras. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 18: 27-35.

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PERSONAL

  • Spouse: Suman W. Olivelle
  • Nationality: U.S.A.
  • National Origin: Sri Lanka
  • Home: 10300 Morado Cove, Austin, TX 78759. Tel. (512) 328-3956
  • Office: Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas, 1 University Station G 9300, Austin, TX 78712-0587
  • Telephone: Tel. (512) 471-5811 FAX (512) 471-4469
  • E-mail: jpo@uts.cc.utexas.edu
EDUCATION
  • University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D. (History of Indian Religions), 1974.
  • University of Oxford, England: B.A. Honors (Sanskrit and Pāli), First Class, 1972; M.A. 1977
HONORS
  • President, American Oriental Society, 2005-2006.
  • Vice President, American Oriental Society, 2004-2005.
  • Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities, 2006-present.
  • Featured in a 7-page article "Recent Contributions of Patrick Olivelle to Indology." Religious Studies Review 26(2000): 157-163.
  • The 2001 Gonda Lecturer at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Numata Professor, University of Vienna, Austria. 2001.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1996-97.
  • Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts, 2000-2006.
  • Christie and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts, 1998-2000.
  • U.S. Delegate, Oxford University Press, 1998-Present.
  • Book Award: Association for Asian Studies, A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award, 1998, for Upaniṣads .
  • Book Award: American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Historical Category, 1994, for The Āśrama System.
  • Mircea Eliade Lecturer in Comparative Religion, University of Western Michigan, 1997.
  • University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 1972-73.
LANGUAGES
  • Modern English, French, Italian, German, Sinhalese
  • Classical Sanskrit, Pāli, Latin
EMPLOYMENT
  • Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin: Chair 1994-2007
  • South Asia Institute, Interim Director 2003-04
  • Center for Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin: Director 1994-2000
  • Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin: Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions, 1991-present
  • Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University: Chair 1984-90; Professor, 1983-1991; Associate Professor, 1978-83; Assistant Professor, 1974-78.

FELLOWSHIPS

  • Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Visiting Scholar, 2007.
  • American Council of Learned Societies, 2000-2001.
  • University of Texas, Faculty Research Assignment, 2000-2001.
  • Guggenheim Fellowship, 1996-97.
  • University of Texas, Faculty Research Assignment, 1996-97.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies and Smithsonian Institution, Senior Fellowship, 1982.
  • Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Visiting Fellowship, 1981-82.
  • Indiana University, Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1980.
  • Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Visiting Fellowship, 1977-78.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship, 1977-78.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies, Post-Doctoral Study Tour Award, 1975.
  • Indiana University, Summer Faculty Fellowship, 1975.

GRANTS (recent)

  • NEH Grant for Critical Edition of Manusmti, 1998–2001 ($128,000).
  • Smithsonian Institution, Grant for Collation and Manuscript Acquisition, 1993 ($35,200).

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Translation of the Arthaśāstra
  • Dictionary of Ancient Indian Law and Statecraft.
  • Book on ancient Indian social construction of the body, tentatively entitled Images of the Body, Visions of Society : Religion and Body in Ancient India.
  • Critical Edition of the Yājñavalkya Dharmaśāstra.

INVITED LECTURES

  • Select list of institutions: Oxford University, University of Vienna, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, University of Virginia, UC-Santa Barbara, UCLA, Stanford, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, University of Western Michigan, University of Tennessee, University of North Carolina-Ashville, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, McMaster University, University of Hamburg, University of Gottingen, University of Halle/Wittenburg, University of Warsaw, University of Torino, University of Rome, University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), University of British Columbia, University of Peking, University of Kunmin, University of Chengdu, University of Pune (India), University of Cardiff (U.K.), University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of Sydney, Australian National University, University of Melbourne.

MAJOR ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE

  • University of Texas
    • Department
      • Chair, Department of Asian Studies, 1994-2007
      • South Asia Institute, Interim Director, 2003-04
      • Director, Center for Asian Studies, 1994-2000
    • University
      • Faculty Council, 2006-2007.
      • College of Liberal Arts, Tenure and Promotions Committee, 1991-93.
      • Committee to Reorganize the Department of Oriental and African Studies, 1993.
  • Indiana University
    • Department of Religious Studies
      • Chair, 1984-90.
      • Acting Chair, 1980-81.
    • University
      • College of Arts and Sciences, Committee to Revise the Undergraduate Curriculum, 1989-90.
      • Art Museum Policy Committee, 1985-88.
      • Indiana University Press Faculty Advisory Committee, 1984-85.
      • Indiana University, Bloomington, Tenure Committee, 1983-86.
      • Graduate School Membership Committee, 1978-81.
  • Profession
    • President, American Oriental Society, 2005-2006.
    • Vice President, American Oriental Society, 2004-2005.
    • U.S. Delegate, Oxford University Press. 1998-present.
    • Member, Board of Elector for Boden Professor Sanskrit, Oxford University, 2004.
    • Trustee, American Institute of Indian Studies, 1991-2004.
    • American Academy of Religion, Selection Committee for the Editor of JAAR, 2004.
    • Committee to create the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies, 1994-95
    • American Academy of Religion, Religion in South Asia Committee, 1993-95
    • Chair of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Religious Studies, 1989-90
    • Nominations Committee, American Oriental Society: Member 1985-86, Chair 1986-87, Chair 2002-03.
    • Member, Scientific Committee, Corpus Juris Sanscriticum. CESMEO, Turin, Italy.
    • Series Editor of book series "South Asia Research" published by Oxford University Press, New York.
    • Series Editor of book series "Sources of Indian Law" published by Motilal Banarsidass, the major Indological publisher in India.
    • Series Editor. "Madden Lectures in South Asian Studies," University of Texas at Austin.

Honors

Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities

2007 - present

Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts

2000-2006

Book Award: American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Historical Category

1994, for The Āśrama System

Book Award: Association for Asian Studies, A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award

1998, for Upaniṣads

Christie and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts

1998-2000

Featured in a 7–page article "Recent Contributions of Patrick Olivelle to Indology."

Religious Studies Review 26(2000): 157-163.

Guggenheim Fellowship

1996-97

Mircea Eliade Lecturer in Comparative Religion, University of Western Michigan

1997

Numata Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

2001

Olivelle Highlight from Life and Letters

President, American Oriental Society

2005-2006

The 2001 Gonda Lecturer at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

U.S. Delegate, Oxford University Press

1998-present

University Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania

1972-73

Vice President, American Oriental Society

2004-2005

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