Rao, Ajay K.

Associate ProfessorReligious Studies

Contact Information

Phone: 
905-569-4494
Room: 
EH 207C
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd., Erindale Hall
City: 
Mississauga
Province: 
Ontario
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
R 11 - 12

Ajay Rao is Associate Professor in the Department of Historical Studies and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His areas of research include Sanskrit intellectual history, Sanskrit literature, and religion in South India. His first book, Re-figuring the Ramayana as Literature: A History of Reception in Premodern India focused on traditional hermeneutics and the pre-colonial prehistory of the modern emergence of this epic as a foundational religious text. He is currently engaged in collaborative research projects on the “Age of Vedanta” and “Sultanate Sanskrit”.

 

Publications

Books

Articles

2014
2011
“A New Perspective on the Royal Rama Cult at Vijayanagara.”South Asian Texts in History: Critical Engagements with Sheldon Pollock.Eds. Yigal Bronner, Whitney Cox, and Lawrence McCrea.U of Michigan P.25-44.
 
2008
“Theologising the Inaugural Verse: Slesa Reading in Ramayana Commentary.”Journal of Hindu Studies1: 77-92.
 
 

Other

Specialization: 
South Asian Religion, Sanskrit Literature and Intellectual History
Current Courses: 
RLG 205 Introduction to South Asian Religions; RLG 307 Indian Scholasticism; RLG 310 The Ramayana; RLG 361 Encounters Between Indo-Islamic and Hindu Cultures
Education: 
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2006