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Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550

Oliver Freiberger

Associate Professor Ph.D., Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Oliver Freiberger

Contact

  • Phone: 512-471-8239
  • Office: WCH 4.104A
  • Office Hours: ON LEAVE: AY 2014-15
  • Campus Mail Code: G9300

Biography

Courses taught:

Undergraduate:
Introduction to Buddhism; History of Religions of Asia; History of Indian Buddhism; Introduction to Comparative Religion; Radical Religion: Ascetics and Holy Persons

Graduate:

Early Buddhism Monasticism; The Buddha and Non-Buddhists; Asceticism; Religious Identity in Premodern South Asia; Core Readings on Religion in Asia

Interests

Indian Buddhism | asceticism | comparison in the study of religion

Publications

Authored Books

      See short blurbs here.

Edited Books

Articles and Chapters

  • “Introduction” (with Afe Adogame and Magnus Echtler). In: Alternative Voices: A Plurality Approach for Religious Studies. Essays in Honor of Ulrich Berner. Ed. Afe Adogame, Magnus Echtler, Oliver Freiberger. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 9–17.
  • Die deutsche Religionswissenschaft im transnationalen Fachdiskurs ” [German Studies of Religion in the Transnational Disciplinary Discourse]. Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 21.1 (2013): 1–28.
  • “Religionen und Religion in der Konstruktion des frühen Buddhismus” [Religions and Religion in the Construction of Early Buddhism] in: Religion in Asien? Studien zur Anwendbarkeit des Religionsbegriffs. Ed. Peter Schalk, Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine, and Astrid van Nahl. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press. 15–41. Online: http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:602914/FULLTEXT03
  • “Der Vergleich als Methode und konstitutiver Ansatz der Religionswissenschaft.” [Comparison as Method and Constitutive Approach in the Study of Religion.] In Religionen erforschen: Kulturwissenschaftliche Methoden in der Religionswissenschaft. Ed. Stefan Kurth and Karsten Lehmann. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, 2011. 199–218.
  • Was ist das Kanonische am Pāli-Kanon?” [What Makes the Pāli Canon Canonical?] In Kanonisierung und Kanonbildung in der asiatischen Religionsgeschichte. Ed. Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2011. 209–232.
  • “How the Buddha Dealt with Non-Buddhists.” In Religion and Identity in South Asia and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Patrick Olivelle. Ed. Steven E. Lindquist. London: Anthem Press, 2011. 185–195.
  • Die Gründung des Saṅgha in buddhistischer Historiographie und Hagiographie.” [The Foundation of the Saṅgha in Buddhist Historiography and Hagiography.] In Geschichten und Geschichte: Historiographie und Hagiographie in der asiatischen Religionsgeschichte. Ed. Peter Schalk, Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine, Astrid van Nahl. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2010. 329–356. Online: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121402
  • Locating the Ascetic’s Habitat: Toward a Micro-Comparison of Religious Discourses.” History of Religions 50.2 (2010): 162–192.
  • Negative Campaigning: Polemics against Brahmins in a Buddhist Sutta.” Religions of South Asia 3.1 (2009): 61–76.
  • The Disciplines of Buddhist Studies: Notes on Religious Commitment as Boundary-Marker.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 30 (2007) [2009]: 299–318.
  • “Prestige als Plage: Vergleichende Untersuchungen zu einem asketischen Dilemma.” [Prestige as Worriment: Comparative Studies of an Ascetic Dilemma.] Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 16 (2008): 83–103.
  • “Akademische Kanonisierung? Zur Erstellung von Anthologien buddhistischer Texte.” [Academic Canonization? On the Compilation of Anthologies of Buddhist Texts.] In Jaina-Itihāsa-Ratna: Studies in Honour of Gustav Roth on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday. Ed. Ute Hüsken, Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Anne Peters. Swisttal-Odendorf: Indica et Tibetica Verlag, 2006. 193–207.
  • “Introduction: The Criticism of Asceticism in Comparative Perspective.” In Asceticism and Its Critics: Historical Accounts and Comparative Perspectives. Ed. Oliver Freiberger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 3–21.
  • “Early Buddhism, Asceticism, and the Politics of the Middle Way.” In Asceticism and Its Critics: Historical Accounts and Comparative Perspectives. Ed. Oliver Freiberger. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. 235–258.
  • “’Ein Vinaya für Hausbewohner’? Norm und Praxis der Laienanhänger im frühen Buddhismus.” [‘A Vinaya for Householders’? Norm and Practice of Lay Adherents in Early Buddhism.] In Im Dickicht der Gebote: Studien zur Dialektik von Norm und Praxis in der Buddhismusgeschichte Asiens. Editor-in-chief: Peter Schalk; Co-editors: Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine, Astrid van Nahl. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Historia Religionum, 26. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2005. 225–252.
  • Resurrection from the Dead? The Brāhmaṇical Rite of Renunciation and Its Irreversibility.” In Words and Deeds: Hindu and Buddhist Rituals in South Asia. Ed. Jörg Gengnagel, Ute Hüsken, Srilata Raman. Ethno-Indology: Heidelberg Series on South Asian Ritual, 1. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005. 235–256.
  • “The Buddhist Canon and the Canon of Buddhist Studies.” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 27 (2004): 261–283.
  • “Religion in Mirrors: Orientalism, Occidentalism, and Asian Religions.” Journal of Global Buddhism 4 (2003): 9–17 (online: http://www.globalbuddhism.org).
  • “Religion und Globalisierung im Lichte von Orientalismus und Okzidenta­lis­mus.” [Religion and Globalization in the Light of Orientalism and Occidentalism.] In Religion im Spiegel­kabinett: Asiatische Religionsgeschichte im Spannungsfeld zwischen Orientalismus und Okzidentalismus. Editor-in-chief: Peter Schalk; Co-editors: Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Historia Religionum, 22. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2003. 63–89.
  • “Salvation for the Laity? Soteriological Concepts in Early and Modern Theravāda Buddhism.” Stvdia Asiatica (Bukarest) 2 (2001): 29–38.
  • “The Meeting of Traditions: Inter-Buddhist and Inter-Religious Relations in the West.” Journal of Global Buddhism 2 (2001): 59–71 (online: http://www.globalbuddhism.org).
  • “Die Bedeutung des Ordens für den Weg zur Erlösung in frühen buddhisti­schen Texten.” [The Meaning of the Monastic Order for the Path to Liberation in Early Buddhist Texts.] In Akten des 27. Deut­schen Orien­tali­stentages (Bonn, 28.9.–2.10.1998) – Norm und Abweichung. Ed. Stefan Wild, Hartmut Schild. Würzburg: Ergon, 2001. 181–191.
  • “Staatsreligion, Reichsreligion oder Nationalreligion? Überlegungen zur Terminologie.” [State Religion, Imperial Religion, or National Religion? Reflections on Terminology.] In Zwischen Säkularismus und Hierokratie: Studien zum Verhältnis von Religion und Staat in Süd- und Ostasien. Editor-in-chief: Peter Schalk; Co-editors: Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine. Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Historia Religionum, 17. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2001. 19–36.
  • “Ist Wertung Theologie? Beobachtungen zur Unterscheidung von Religions­wissenschaft und Theologie.” [Is Making Value Judgments Theology? Observations on Distinguishing Religious Studies and Theology.] In Die Identität der Religionswissenschaft: Beiträge zum Verständnis einer unbekannten Disziplin. Ed. Gebhard Löhr. Frankfurt/M. et al.: Peter Lang, 2000. 97–121.
  • “Profiling the Sangha: Institutional and Non-Institutional Tendencies in Early Buddhist Teachings.” Mar­burg Journal of Religion 5 (2000): 1–12 (online: http://web.uni-marburg.de/religionswissenschaft/journal/mjr/freiberger.html).
  • “The Ideal Sacrifice: Patterns of Reinterpreting Brahmin Sacrifice in Early Buddhism.” Bulletin d'Études Indiennes 16 (1998): 39–49.
  • “Zur Verwendungsweise der Bezeichnung paribbājaka im Pāli-Kanon.” [On the Use of the Term paribbājaka in the Pāli Canon.] In Untersuchun­gen zur buddhisti­schen Literatur II: Gustav Roth zum 80. Geburtstag gewidmet. Ed. Heinz Bechert, Sven Bretfeld, Petra Kieffer-Pülz. Sanskrit-Wörterbuch der buddhistischen Texte aus den Turfan-Funden, Beiheft 8. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1997. 121–130.
  • “Anmerkungen zur Begriffsbildung in der Buddhismusforschung.” [Notes on the Formation of Terms in Buddhist Studies.] In Bauddhavidyāsudhākaraḥ: Studies in Honour of Heinz Bechert on the Occasion of His 65th Birth­day. Ed. Petra Kieffer-Pülz, Jens-Uwe Hartmann. Indica et Tibetica 30. Swisttal-Odendorf: I&T, 1997. 137–152.
  •  “Zur Interpretation der Brahmadaṇḍa-Strafe im buddhistischen Ordensrecht.” [On the Interpretation of the brahmadaṇḍa Penalty in Buddhist Monastic Law.] Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgen­ländischen Gesellschaft 146 (1996): 456–491.
  • “Zum Vergleich zwischen buddhistischem und christlichem Ordenswesen.” [On the Comparison of Buddhist and Christian Monasticism.] Zeitschrift für Religions­wissenschaft 4 (1996): 83–104.
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