Dr. Arun Brahmbhatt

Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions Religious Studies Department

Courses Taught

Mystery & Meaning (REL 100)

Explaining Religion (REL 200)

Religions of South Asia (REL 221/ASIA 261)

Love and War in Hindu Myth: Ramayana (REL/ASIA/GS 282)

Love and War in Hindu Myth: Mahabharata (REL/ASIA/GS 283)

Yoga Transformations (REL 3039/ASIA 3054)

Devotion in South Asia: Pathways of Love (REL 3033/ASIA 3037)

Postcolonial India: Literature & Film (REL/ENG/ASIA/FILM 337; GS 338) 



2016. “The Swaminarayan Commentarial Tradition” in Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition,

Adaptation and Identity. Edited by Raymond B. Williams and Yogi Trivedi. New

Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 138-155.


2014. “The BAPS Swaminarayan Community” in Global Religious Movements Across

Borders: Sacred Service. Edited by Helen R. Ebaugh and Stephen Cherry. Surrey:

Ashgate Publishers, pp. 99-122.



Ph.D. University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion, Centre for South Asian Studies, 2018.

M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School, South Asian Religions, 2008.

B.A. Tufts University, Comparative Religion and English, 2006.



Department of Historical Studies Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto Mississauga (2016)

Andrew W. Mellon John E. Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto (2014-2016)

Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Fellowship (2012-2013)

Selva J. Raj Endowed International Dissertation Research Fellowship, American Academy of Religion (2012)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2011-2012)

Sandhya Ray Award for Indian Philosophy and Religion, University of Toronto (2011)

India-Canada Association Scholarship, University of Toronto (2011)

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