Centre of Yoga Studies, Centre of Buddhist Studies, Centre of Jaina Studies, Department of Religions and Philosophies & School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Dr James Mallinson

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Department of Religions and Philosophies Reader in Indology and Yoga Studies Centre of Jaina Studies Member, Centre of Jaina Studies Centre of Buddhist Studies Member Academic Staff, SOAS South Asia Institute Centre of Yoga Studies Chair
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Wednesdays 3:00pm - 5:00pm


James Mallinson is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical and Indian Studies at SOAS, University of London.

He took his BA in Sanskrit and Old Iranian at the University of Oxford, followed by an MA in Area Studies (South Asia), with Ethnography as his main subject, at SOAS. His doctoral thesis, submitted to the University of Oxford, was a critical edition and annotated translation of the Khecarīvidyā, an early text of haṭhayoga.

Dr Mallinson has published eight books, all of which are editions and translations of Sanskrit yoga texts, epic tales and poetry. His recent work has used philological study of Sanskrit texts, ethnography and art history to explore the history of yoga and yogis. His next book, written in collaboration with Dr Mark Singleton, is Roots of Yoga, to be published by Penguin Classics in 2016.

From 2015 to 2020 Dr Mallinson will be leading and ERC - funded research project on the history of hatha yoga which will result in ten critical editions and translations of key yoga texts, four monographs and two large conferences to be held at SOAS in 2017 and 2019.


PhD Supervision

Name Title
Dr Monika Hirmer Cosmic households and primordial creativity: Worlding the world with (and as) Devī in a contemporary Indian Śrīvidyā tradition
Sandra Sattler Cāmuṇḍā’s Glory:Representations of the Fierce Goddess in Puranic Literature and (Temple) Art
Shubha Shanthamurthy Evolution of Śaivism in the Deccan in the 12th to 14th centuries CE
Ruth Westoby Gendered constructs in Haṭha Yoga


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