Spalding Professor Emeritus of Eastern Religions and Ethics, University of Oxford
Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford
After a training in Classics Alexis Sanderson began his Indological career as a student of Sanskrit at Balliol College, Oxford in 1969. After graduation he spent six years studying the Kashmirian Śaiva literature in Kashmir with the Śaiva scholar and guru, Swami Lakshman Joo, from 1971 to 1977, while holding research positions at Merton and Brasenose Colleges. From 1977 to 1992, he was Associate Professor (University Lecturer) of Sanskrit in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wolfson College. In 1992, he was elected to the Spalding Professorship of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford, and thereby became a Fellow of All Souls College. He retired from that post in 2015. Since then he has been preparing a critical edition, with a translation and commentary, of the Tantrāloka, Abhinavagupta’s monumental exposition of the Śākta Śaivism of the Trika.
Early medieval religion in India and Southeast Asia, focusing on the history of Śaivism, its relations with the state and Brahmanism, and its influence on Buddhism, Vaiṣṇavism, and Jainism.