• South Asian Religion


The South Asian Religion (SAR) research group emphasises a broad approach, encompassing the study of a variety of religious traditions of past and present South Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Sufism and Tantra.
These traditions are often closely related and best studied together.

As appropriate to the comparative study of religion, the methodology is interdisciplinary, incorporating such disciplines as anthropology, sociology, semiotics, linguistics, history, and philosophy.

Furthermore, SAR promotes the specific skills required for the study of contemporary and historical religion in this region, e.g. fieldwork, linguistic skills (e.g. Sanskrit, P?li, and Hind?), metatheory, in-depth knowledge of the cultural and religious history of South Asia, familiarisation with classical and popular written sources as well as nonwritten sources and the competence to correlate these.
SAR is part of the research programme Interdisciplinary Research in Religion and a research unit at the Department of Culture and Society, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University.
Leaders of the research group are Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger and Bjarne Wernicke Olesen.



NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Borup, JørnAssociate professor, head of departmentjb@cas.au.dk+45871624571453, 528
Warner, CameronAssociate professoretncw@cas.au.dk+45871626674236, 116
Einarsen, Silje LyngarPhD Fellowsle@cas.au.dk
Fibiger, Marianne QvortrupAssociate professormf@cas.au.dk+45871624361453, 529
Olesen, Bjarne WernickeAssociated assistant professorbwo@cas.au.dk

The South Asian Religion research group is based on a Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, and the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies (OCHS) aiming at research, publication, and interdisciplinary and comparative collaboration as well as student exchange.


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Research group leader

Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger

Associate professor
H bldg. 1453, 529
P +4587162436
P +4522814586

Research group co-leader

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen

Associated assistant professor
P +4529863104