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Balbinder S. Bhogal

Associate Professor of Religion


PHD, 2001, London Univ; BA, 1993, Lancaster Univ


Dr. Bhogal joined Hofstra University in the Fall of 2007, and currently holds the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies. Previously, he has been a professor at University of Derby, England (1997-2002), James Madison University, Virginia (2002-3) and York University, Toronto (2003-7). His PhD was titled: Nonduality and Skilful Means in the Hymns of Guru Nanak: Hermeneutics of the Word,2001 from London University, School of Oriental and African Studies. His primary research interests are South Asian Religions and Cultures specializing in the Sikh tradition, particularly the Guru Granth Sahib, its philosophy and exegesis. Secondary research interests include: hermeneutic theory and its radicalization through deconstruction; Indian Philosophy and its relation to Continental Philosophy, Mysticism, Diaspora, Translation and Postcolonial Studies, Modernity and Postmodernity, the construction of Religion, Orientalism, the Animal-Human divide and Theory and Method in the Study of Religions. He has taught courses on: Warrior Saints: An Introduction to the Sikh Religion, Sikh Mysticism, Religions of India, Thinking Mysticism in the Academy: Gender and Power, Yoga, Psychology and South Asian Religions, and Buddhist Thought.


See: http://hofstra.academia.edu/BalbinderSinghBhogal

Recent Faculty Publications

Teaching Interests

South Asian Religious Traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism; the Study of Mysticism; Theory and Method in the Study of Religion;

Research Interests

Sikh Scripture and its Exegesis; Translation and Hermeneutic Theory; Post-structuralism and Post-colonialism; Religion and Secularism; Modernity and Postmodernity; figure of woman, child and animal as narratives of the lost Self

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
RELI 016 (CC, HP) RELIGIONS OF INDIA Undergraduate
RELI 019 (CC) INTRO TO BUDDHISM Undergraduate
RELI 104 (CC, HP) BUDDHIST THOUGHT Undergraduate
RELI 193 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
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