Professor Dermot Killingley

Visiting Fellow (Retired Staff), School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University


Dermot Killingley studied Latin, Greek and Sanskrit in Merton College, Oxford from 1955 to 1959, and Middle Iranian languages in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, from 1959 to 1961. He returned to SOAS in 1968 to study Indian philosophy. He taught in the Department of Indian Studies, University of Malaya, from 1961 to 1968, and in the Department of Religious Studies, Newcastle University, from 1970 to 2000, when he retired as Reader in Hindu Studies. 

In 2008 Dermot Killingley taught in the University of Vienna as Visiting Professor. He is now joint editor (with Simon Brodbeck and Anna King) of Religions of South Asia (RoSA).  

Research Area/s

Ancient Indian thought and modern developments, particularly Rammohun Roy, Vivekananda and Radhakrishnan.

Selected Publications

  • Beginning Sanskrit: A Practical Course Based on Graded Reading and Exercises I-III (LINCOM publishers, 1996)
  • Rammohun Roy in Hindu and Christian Tradition (Grevatt & Grevatt, 1993)

Managing Editor

  • Joint editor of Religions of South Asia (RoSA).

Chapters and Articles

  • “Manufacturing Yogis: Swami Vivekananda as a Yoga Teacher”, in: Mark Singleton and Ellen Goldberg, eds., Gurus of Modern Yoga, Oxford University Press, 2014
  • “Modernity, Reform, and Revival”, in: Gavin Flood, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, 2003
  • “The Paths of the Dead and the Five Fires”, in: Peter Connolly and Sue Hamilton, eds., Indian Insights: Buddhism, Brahmanism, and Bhakti, Luzac Oriental, 1997